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Hempen wins national electric cooperative scholarship

Sarah Hempen from Columbia, Ill. was awarded a scholarship from the Glenn English National Cooperative Leadership Foundation. Hempen represented Monroe County Electric Co-Operative on the 2012 Youth Tour. Formed in 2013, the foundation honors former National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Glenn English by awarding scholarships to former Youth Tour participants who have shown […]

Dairyland Power Co-op seeks solar proposals

“We’re looking for utility-scale solar that could include single or multiple arrays in our service ­territory,” said Katie Thomson, Senior Communications Specialist for La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative. “Multiple sites could offer an advantage in regard to weather ­conditions across the region.” The G&T is diversifying its ­generation portfolio with projects that provide affordable and reliable […]

Co-op youth urged to commit to communities

Talk about energy! Take 1,660 high school students from across the Co-op Nation, bring them to Washington, D.C. in mid-June and have them talk to their state’s senators and ­representatives. Listening to that conversation will get you energized and excited about our future. This event, sponsored by the electric and telephone cooperatives of Illinois and […]

Find farmers market resources for farmers and consumers

It’s farmers market season. For both farmers market vendors, as well as those shopping at the markets, the issue of prices can be of interest. So where to begin? The University of Illinois Extension, working in collaboration with the University of Kentucky’s Center for Crop Diversification, started compiling price reports for farmers markets last year. […]

Electric cooperatives earn top scores in customer satisfaction

Consumer-members of not-for-profit electric ­cooperatives are more satisfied with their utility services than customers of investor-owned (IOU) or ­municipal utilities, according to the 2015 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). Touchstone Energy® ­cooperatives have consistently held the top ACSI ­ranking, receiving a score of 80 this year. IOUs and municipals scored 74 and 73 respectively. Across […]

Growing Illinois is 2015 Illinois State Fair theme

State Fair Manager Patrick Buchen says the theme for the 2015 Illinois State Fair is Growing Illinois. “Growing Illinois” is an all-­encompassing theme that goes well beyond the rows in a cornfield. It speaks to the hard ­working men and women in Illinois who help feed and clothe this great nation, ­ultimately growing the State’s […]

Free recycling program for agrichemicals begins in July

The Illinois Department of Agriculture is encouraging ­farmers and agri­chemical ­facilities to save their empty agrichemical containers. The department announced it has arranged to recycle them. Beginning at the end of July and continuing in August, sites throughout the state will collect containers. The ­containers will be recycled to make shipping pallets, fence posts, ­drainage […]

Hoosier Energy announces plan for large solar initiative

On May 6 Hoosier Energy, a generation and transmission cooperative serving 18 electric distribution ­cooperatives in southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois, announced plans for a 10 MW multiple solar site initiative. The project consists of 10 one-megawatt solar arrays to be installed across member cooperative service ­territories over the next two years. Construction of the […]

Electric co-ops look for a fresh start on WOTUS

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson expressed disappointment in the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to finalize a ­redefinition of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act without ­consulting ­stakeholders, in ­particular the myriad rural businesses, ­including rural electric […]

Can you dig it?

The temperature is rising and many homeowners are ready to dive into that next big landscaping project. Before going to the garden center or home improvement store to pick up rental equipment or to purchase shrubs, trees or other landscaping needs, notify JULIE at least two business days before the start of the project. JULIE’s […]