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At the Menard Electric Cooperative annual meeting in June, Manager Lynn Frasco talks to a member about the need to send a message to the EPA to keep electric bills affordable. You can send your message to the EPA by going to www.action.coop today.

Electric co-op members send 500,000 comments to EPA

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson announced that rural electric cooperative members have submitted more than 500,000 comments to the Environmental Protection Agency in opposition to the proposed New Source Performance Standards rule regulating new power plants.“More than 500,000 Americans have united to oppose ­regulations that will constrain fuel types for new power plants because they’re ...Read More

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Barn quilt designed to help boost area tourism

In an effort to help boost tourism in the area, Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative, SIEC, hung a 10-foot by 10-foot barn quilt, May 7, at its facilities in Dongola.The quilt was hung on the side of a truck storage ­building. Motorists will be able to see the colorful display when they drive by SIEC headquarters in the Union County community.The ...Read More

A $50,000 GeoAlliance grant presented to Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) President Glenn Poshard (center) by Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association Member Services Manager Bryce Cramer and Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative’s Marketing Administrator Nancy McDonald was just one of the 51 grants that helped fund geothermal heat pump heating and ­cooling systems like the one in the Stone Center at SIUC.

GeoAlliance grant program now closed

The GeoAlliance geothermal grant program, which was developed by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in Springfield and Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation in Chicago, is now closed. Throughout four phases of the ­program, which spanned more than 10 years, nearly $1.5 million was provided to not-for-profit and public entities located in Illinois cooperative territories as an incentive to install ...Read More

Illinois Director of USDA Rural Development Colleen Callahan (l-r) worked closely with EJ Water’s ­founding board ­member Delbert Mundt and CEO Bill Teichmiller to fund the treatment plant and expansion of the water co-op.

Where is the best tasting water in Illinois?

It’s in Dieterich, Ill., and sur­rounding rural areas served by EJ Water Cooperative. The American Water Works Association in its annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test rated EJ Water one of the top 20 water utilities in the country and the best in Illinois for 2013. One of the ­reasons for the great tasting water is the ...Read More

The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference is July 16th in Normal

The Center for Renewable Energy is leading the coordination of The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference with active participation from four statewide organizations to provide plenary speakers of interest to all areas of ­renewable energy plus breakout tracks to focus specifically on wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. Representatives from the Illinois Wind Working Group, Illinois Solar Energy Association, Geothermal Alliance of ...Read More

Illinois Rivers transmission project receives final approval

The decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) in February clears the way for the nearly 400-mile-long Illinois Rivers electric transmission project that will create jobs, facilitate the delivery of low-cost power and improve the reliability and efficiency of the electric power grid.Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), has received siting approval ...Read More

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Fishing for an Asian carp solution

Asian carp were introduced to America in 1972 to combat algae problems in the fish farms of Arkansas, but since then the monstrous fish has found its way up river systems to Northern states like Illinois and Minnesota. Biologists are trying to prevent the fish from entering Lake Michigan.Recently the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was asked to come up ...Read More

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Aging infrastructure number one concern for utilities

Many electric co-ops are ­celebrating their 75th ­anniversary and lines, like the one pictured here, were built 50 to 75 years ago. Replacing that aging infrastructure is the top concern of many utilities. To better understand how electric utilities are ­meeting challenges such as slow demand growth, the rise of distributed generation (DG) and ­regulatory burdens, Siemens recently commissioned Utility ...Read More

Electric co-ops praise senator’s energy white paper

Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, welcomed U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) speech on Feb. 11 announcing her Energy 20/20 White Paper at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Emerson said, “Senator Murkowski’s paper is spot-on in its call for a more reliable and affordable electricity grid. Her assessment of the factors influencing the ...Read More

Community service volunteers included Kevin Bernson, Vice President of Media and Public Relations at Shelby Electric Cooperative (third from left) and Aaron Ridenour, Manager of Marketing & Business Development at Prairie Power, Inc. (on far right).

Co-ops show commitment to community

On March 1, more than one hundred volunteers from Touchstone Energy (TSE) electric cooperatives across the country participated in a project to build two energy ­efficient Habitat for Humanity homes in Fairview, Tenn. Volunteers from 35 co-ops arrived in Nashville prior to the start of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) 2014 Annual Meeting on March 3. They built one ...Read More