Illinois Rivers transmission project receives final approval

The decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) in February clears the way for the nearly 400-mile-long Illinois Rivers electric transmission project that will create jobs, facilitate the delivery of low-cost power and improve the reliability and efficiency of the electric power grid.Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), has received siting approval ...Read More


Fishing for an Asian carp solution

Asian carp were introduced to America in 1972 to combat algae problems in the fish farms of Arkansas, but since then the monstrous fish has found its way up river systems to Northern states like Illinois and Minnesota. Biologists are trying to prevent the fish from entering Lake Michigan.Recently the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was asked to come up ...Read More

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Aging infrastructure number one concern for utilities

Many electric co-ops are ­celebrating their 75th ­anniversary and lines, like the one pictured here, were built 50 to 75 years ago. Replacing that aging infrastructure is the top concern of many utilities. To better understand how electric utilities are ­meeting challenges such as slow demand growth, the rise of distributed generation (DG) and ­regulatory burdens, Siemens recently commissioned Utility ...Read More

Electric co-ops praise senator’s energy white paper

Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, welcomed U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) speech on Feb. 11 announcing her Energy 20/20 White Paper at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Emerson said, “Senator Murkowski’s paper is spot-on in its call for a more reliable and affordable electricity grid. Her assessment of the factors influencing the ...Read More

Community service volunteers included Kevin Bernson, Vice President of Media and Public Relations at Shelby Electric Cooperative (third from left) and Aaron Ridenour, Manager of Marketing & Business Development at Prairie Power, Inc. (on far right).

Co-ops show commitment to community

On March 1, more than one hundred volunteers from Touchstone Energy (TSE) electric cooperatives across the country participated in a project to build two energy ­efficient Habitat for Humanity homes in Fairview, Tenn. Volunteers from 35 co-ops arrived in Nashville prior to the start of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) 2014 Annual Meeting on March 3. They built one ...Read More

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Illinois electric co-op named 2013 Wind Cooperative of the Year

The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in March recognized Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) of Virginia and Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) of Illinois as the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year. The awards were presented at the TechAdvantage 2014 Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tenn., to honor electric cooperatives that demonstrate outstanding ...Read More

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Overhaul of FEMA disaster funding rules needed for rural areas

Governor Pat Quinn in February delivered the keynote address at the National Journal’s Natural Disaster Forum in Washington, D.C., where he discussed Illinois’ preparedness and response to several major ­natural disasters and called for needed changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster aid criteria. A tornado outbreak on Nov. 17, 2013 killed eight people, damaged or destroyed 2,500 ...Read More

Co-ops react to grid security concern

Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), recently commented on the March 12, 2014, Wall Street Journal article ­regarding the physical security of the national electrical grid. “No one takes the security of our nation’s electric systems more seriously than the more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives. Every day, NRECA works with our ...Read More

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Shelby Electric Cooperative comes to the rescue of fire department

A year ago during an oil well fire a lot of the fire­fighting gear of the Shelbyville Fire Department was damaged and left unusable. “We believe it was a lightening strike, ­during a bad rainstorm, that struck an oil battery southeast of Shelbyville setting off a fire in one of the tanks, which eventually exploded,” said Fire Chief Gary Lynch. ...Read More


Dairyland Power Cooperative using cow power

According to Wisconsin Dairy Data the state has 1.27 ­million dairy cows. Dairyland Power Cooperative, which serves Illinois ­cooperative Jo-Carroll Energy, is using the resulting waste as resource and ­turning cow poop into ­electricity. The generation and transmission ­cooperative is a national leader in what it calls cow power. The co-op is also using biomass, wind and landfill gas to ...Read More