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National water use at lowest levels since before 1970

Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010. This represents a 13 percent reduction of water use from 2005 when about 410 Bgal/d […]

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Route 66 gets electric car charging stations

A portion of historic Route 66 will soon be getting a network of electric vehicle charging stations. This will allow drivers of all-electric cars to drive the 300 mile stretch from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River near St. Louis and not worry about running out of juice. Maybe this will spark a new way […]

Duane Noland (right) testified a year ago at an EPA ­listening session. Since then 1.2 million co-op members also voiced their concern about the regulations impact on the affordability of electricity.

Thank you for telling the EPA what you think

Thank you. More than 1.2 million comments from electric cooperative members like you, and from across the United States, were submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in opposition to the agency’s proposed rules that would limit the use of coal, our most abundant and affordable energy source, in both new and existing plants. […]

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Winter heating assistance available through LIHEAP

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is ­taking applications for winter ­heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Clients must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance, including: • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period ­beginning with the date of the […]

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Power reserve shortfall predicted for 2016

In a report to the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Energy and Commerce, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) President and CEO John Bear warned that the eleven states in the MISO region could see a two-gigawatt ­shortage in reserve electric margins in 2016. MISO serves all of Illinois except for the Chicago area. In […]

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New Illinois landfill gas plant added to co-op energy source

Wabash Valley Power Association, an electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative, has added another landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) generating plant to its power supply portfolio. The Clinton facility is located in DeWitt County, Illinois, and marks the 15th project for the G&T, which serves 25 electric cooperatives including three in Illinois. The purchase of this 3.2-megawatt […]

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Corn Belt Energy Youth Tour participant wins nationwide grant contest

Corn Belt Energy CEO Don Taylor announced that Kaelan Smith from Clinton won a nationwide ­student ­service project grant contest. With the $500 grant, Smith will organize and host an autism awareness fair. The grant program was coordinated in partnership with ­generationOn, a global youth service organization. “Students are our beacon of hope for the […]

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Touchstone Energy co-ops raise $4,000 for charities

Shelby Electric Cooperative (SEC) once again helped coordinate the 5th annual Touchstone Energy Hot Air Balloonfest at Lake Shelbyville held in conjunction with Shelbyville Scarecrow Daze. “By combining these two events, we bring people to Shelbyville that may not otherwise find a reason and it helps our local economy and area businesses,” said Scarecrow Daze […]

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Men in pink hard hats seen at electric co-ops

There’s nothing tougher than a lineman. But almost everyone has been impacted by breast cancer at some level, and it wasn’t tough to get many linemen at electric co-ops across the state to wear pink hard hats ­during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative’s employees below participated in several breast cancer […]

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Illinois farmers help schools promote hands-on learning

Fourteen Illinois school districts have received $170,000 in grants this year from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The ­program partners with farmers to support rural public school districts with innovative approaches to teaching math and science. The funding is utilized to prepare students for a wider range of career prospects […]