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Wind energy top source for new generation in 2012

The U.S. wind energy industry had its strongest year ever in 2012, the American Wind Energy Association announced today, ­installing a record 13,124 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity, ­leveraging $25 billion in private investment and achieving over 60,000 MW of ­cumulative wind capacity. That’s enough wind power to power the ­equivalent of almost 15 […]

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Biodiesel production tops 1 billion gallons

The U.S. biodiesel industry broke the billion-gallon mark in 2012 for the second consecutive year, according to year-end production figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The National Biodiesel Board (NBB) noted that the total volume of nearly 1.1 billion gallons exceeded the 2011 production by 6 million gallons. December production totaled just 59 […]

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Illinois camping and hunting website

You can now make reservations for campsites and shelters for many Illinois Department of Natural Resources sites for 2013. Reservations can be made online through the ReserveAmerica website at www.reserveamerica.com using a Visa or MasterCard. For more information, check the IDNR website at http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Programs/Camping/ Illinois fishing and hunting licenses for 2013 are also available online. […]

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Court won’t rehear EPA on air rule

A federal appeals court will not reopen a decision that struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s sweeping Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. In a two-sentence order released Jan. 24, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied EPA’s request for reconsideration by the full court. A three-judge panel of the circuit court […]

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Sen. Kirk says never ever give up

Almost exactly a year after ­visiting with Illinois electric cooperative ­leaders and then days later suffering a serious stroke, Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk returned to work. Kirk battled back through what he describes as “some of the darkest hours of my life.” “In an instant my world changed and I faced the prospect of never […]

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Ameren leaving the generation business

Ameren Corp. operates five coal-fired and three gas-fired generating plants in Illinois, but it recently announced its intentions to exit the merchant generation business because of weak power prices and the increasing cost of environmental compliance. The merchant generation business is operated by the Ameren Energy Resources subsidiary, which was formed in 2000 with Illinois’ […]

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Shown at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center GeoAlliance geothermal check presentation from left, front row, are: Heidi Weber, Jo-Carroll Energy Manager of Member Relations and Marketing; John LeComte, Savanna Historical Society (SHS) Board Member; Jeannine Mills, SHS Board Member; Nancy McDonald, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives Marketing Administrator; and Larry Stebbins, Mayor of Savanna. Pictured from left, back row are: John Scott, Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. Energy Advisor; Jean Jones, SHS Treasurer; State Senator Mike Jacobs; Gene Wright, SHS Board Member; Carol Wright, SHS Board Member; and Keith Brown, SHS Vice-President.

Museum saves $1,200 a month with geothermal system

A $44,758 GeoAlliance grant was recently presented to the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, Savanna, to help in funding the installation of a geothermal heat pump heating and cooling system. The grant program is funded by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) and administered by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC). The purpose […]

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Consumer energy efficiency tax credit extended

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by Congress on January 3 provides extensions of energy tax credit provisions for homeowners seeking energy-efficiency improvements. Under section 25C, homeowners can claim a $500 maximum tax credit to cover material costs of energy-efficient upgrades to existing homes for all taxable years. The credit is only redeemable […]

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