Creating the best of friends and future leaders

Seven days is all it takes for a group of 64 rural Illinois high schoolers to become best friends. It is because when you get a group of students with the same ­common ­interest, it is easy for them to relate; they all value ­education and leadership opportunity. The Youth to Washington Tour is an […]

Voting is your right and responsibility – exercise it

Rural electric cooperatives across the United States are joining together to launch a campaign to encourage rural ­residents to vote and insert issues of importance to ­cooperatives and their members into the public ­discussion. “Co-ops Vote” is a nonpartisan program developed by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), which represents more than 900 private, […]

Illinois pioneers of rural electrification

John Sargent John Sargent of Rushville represented Adams Electrical Co-operative on the AIEC board of directors from 1940 until his death in 1976, and was president of the board from 1949-51. Sargent was an integral part of the formation of Adams Electrical in Camp Point and was an original incorporator and the first board president […]

New co-op CEO understands energy and rural issues

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in June announced that ­former U.S. Rep. Jim Matheson has been selected to serve as NRECA’s sixth chief executive officer. NRECA President Mel Coleman says, “Jim will bring to the position a broad knowledge of the issues facing rural America and will be an ­inspirational leader for America’s […]

Co-ops finding ways to integrate renewable energy

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has joined with a ­coalition of energy technology ­partners to create a tool for ­developing and ­testing what could be a critical ­component of the future electrical grid. Led by Atlanta-based ProsumerGrid, Inc., the group signed a ­$3-million contract with the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy […]

Energy shortages possible in 2018

The Organization of MISO States (OMS) and MISO in their annual resource adequacy survey indicate that the MISO region has adequate capacity for 2017 with potential shortages in 2018 and beyond. The assessment shows that the region should be able to meet the expected peak demand for elec­tricity with an adequate safety margin for 2017. […]

Illinois pioneers of rural electrification

Earl W. Struck Earl W. Struck joined the AIEC in 1979 as a public affairs represen­tative in the Legal and Public Affairs Department. He became director of that department in 1983, and in 1994 became the third CEO of the AIEC, replacing the retired Thomas H. Moore. Struck was known as a master at building […]

USDA interest-free loan helps expand rural jobs

Global demand for high-quality, American-made products is well established, and expanded rural exports have the potential to support additional jobs and growth in rural America. On June 3, Sam Rikkers, USDA Rural Development Administrator for Rural Business Services, was able to share that message from the production facility of IHI Turbo America, a manufacturing company […]

Staying and planting roots in Southern Illinois

There’s been much hand wringing of late about people fleeing Illinois as the political climate here sours. Even before that, the rural “brain drain” – a phenomenon of the best and brightest leaving rural America in droves – has taken its toll. Only New Jersey outstrips Illinois in terms of the rate at which young people […]

Electric cooperatives add 100 megawatts of wind power

Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Wabash Valley Power Association have entered into a 20-year purchase power agreement that will add 100 ­megawatts (MW) of wind energy. The wind power agreement with EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) is for 100 MW from the Meadow Lake V Wind Farm located in northwest Indiana. Under the […]