Illinois pioneers of rural electrification

Delbert Mundt Delbert Mundt of rural Dieterich is known for his unique leadership qualities and his contributions to rural electrification and rural water development in eastern Illinois. Mundt was elected to the board of directors for Norris Electric in 1983 and served as its chairman for 10 years. He represented Norris Electric Cooperative on the […]

Turning carbon dioxide into fuel — it is what plants do

In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago, ­researchers were able to convert carbon dioxide into a usable energy source using ­sunlight. The process is similar to how trees and other plants slowly ­capture carbon ­dioxide from the atmosphere, converting it to sugars […]

Turning carbon into commodity

Dr. Kevin O’Brien, Director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois, talked to electric co-op directors and managers at the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting about how the center is working to create a sustainable market for captured CO2 from coal plants. The AIEC has already provided in-kind ­support […]

Louisiana co-op spirit fights back gainst worst disaster since Katrina

As Baton Rouge homeowner Chanon Johnson picks through the remains of her flood-ravaged house, the irony of her situation isn’t lost upon her. As a case manager at the DEMCO Foundation, the charitable arm of the Dixie Electric Membership Corp., Johnson helps decide where the ­foundation’s Operation Roundup funds go. “It’s pretty ironic. Now we’re […]

Rep. Danny Davis gives quick history and civics lesson

A native of Parkdale, Ark., 74-year-old Illinois Congressman Danny Davis (D IL-7), from the west side of Chicago, still remembers reading and doing his homework with a coal oil lamp, before the REA-financed local electric cooperative brought electricity to his home. “I was about 10 years old, it was a new era for us, a […]

Ray LaHood speaks to co-op leaders about bipartisan politics

At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ 75th annual meeting held in Springfield at the end of July, former Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood asked co-op leaders to ­promote good policies and bipartisan politics. He said co-ops have been ­successful for the last 75 years because of a ­willingness to get into the […]

Illinois pioneers of rural electrification

Raymond Webb Ray Webb of Tunnel Hill was among the incor­porating ­pioneers who joined farm ­advisors to lead SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Inc. from concept to reality. Webb called on Johnson County ­farmers to sign them up for the new service – even going as far as paying the $5 membership fee for some of […]

Rep. Hammond receives Illinois Electric Cooperative Public Service Award

At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual ­meeting in Springfield on July 28, State Representative Norine Hammond (R- Macomb, 93rd House District) received the 2016 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recog­nition of Rep. Hammond’s ­dedicated public service to all ­citizens of the state of Illinois and for ­outstanding ­contributions […]

Clean Power Plan creates lasting consequences for the grid

The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan will have lasting ­consequences for the nation’s electric ­generation mix, which will hasten the need for more transmission and ­pipeline ­infrastructure, says the North American Reliability Corporation (NERC), the nation’s reliability watchdog. NERC noted that the resource changes needed for new electric transmission and gas pipeline infrastructure will vary […]

Co-ops represented at renewable energy conference

Michael Voelker (left), VP Utility Services at Corn Belt Energy, and John Freitag, VP Operations for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, spoke at the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference at Illinois State University on July 21. The pair ­covered a variety of energy efficiency issues in their presentation of “Things you need to Consider in […]