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Geothermal open house statewide Sept. 21

Geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient heating/cooling systems known to mankind today. If you want to learn more about geothermal, and see a system in action, Saturday, Sept. 21 is the date. The Illinois Geothermal Tour is ­coming to a location near you. On Saturday, Sept. 21, homes and ­businesses with geothermal systems will […]

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Electric vehicle sales growing

Expanding options and ­improving technology are having a positive effect on U.S. electric vehicle sales. Americans bought 40,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) during the first half of 2013, more than twice the amount bought over the same period in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). PEVs include plug-in hybrids such as the […]

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Electric cooperatives hold statewide meeting

Members of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives held their 72nd annual meeting Aug. 1-2. AIEC Board Chairman Larry Kraft of Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Waterloo, Ill., congratulated the fol­lowing co-ops celebrating 75 years of service: Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative, Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association, EnerStar Electric Cooperative, McDonough Power Cooperative, Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Norris Electric […]

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National Guard birthday questioned

Several readers questioned last month’s article on the Illinois National Guard celebrating its 290th birthday. In honoring the service and history of our National Guard we missed the obvious question. How could the Illinois National Guard be 290 years old when the country isn’t even that old? Here is the answer. The birth date of […]

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Co-ops concerned by Obama’s plan for cutting carbon

In June President Obama announced a broad new ­federal mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants. The President will instruct federal regulators to apply the Clean Air Act to carbon dioxide issued from power plants. Mark Irwin, Director of the Center for Clean Coal Technology Research, Purdue University, says the President’s plan […]

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Concealed carry gun legislation passes

In July the Illinois General Assembly voted to override Governor Quinn’s veto of HB 183, concealed carry legislation originally passed on May 31. The state was under court order to come up with a law ­governing this matter no later than July 9. The vote to override was 77-31 in the House and 41-17 in […]

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New efficiency standards for residential water heaters coming

Starting in April 2015, new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) water heater energy efficiency standards will be in effect. Residential water heaters affected include gas-fired, oil-fired, electric, tabletop, instantaneous gas-fired and instantaneous electric. The standards released in 2010 increase the stringency of the ­existing minimum conservation standards for residential water heaters, which account for about […]

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