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New energy efficiency standards will save consumers billions

The Department of Energy announced common-sense energy efficiency standards for residential clothes washers and dishwashers that will save consumers $20 billion in energy and water costs. The clothes washers standard announced in June will save households approximately $350 over the lifetime of the appliance. And home dishwashers will use approximately 15 percent less energy and […]

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Co-ops find the EPA carbon rule flawed

Electric cooperatives say the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon reduction standard deviates from the Obama administration’s “all of the above” energy pledge by eliminating coal as a fuel for new plants. At separate public hearings May 24 in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, co-op officials told the agency that its rule takes coal off the table as […]

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Cooperative principles and cooperative values defined

The cooperative principles are a set of guidelines that govern cooperative operations. Originally drawn up by Charles Howarth, one of 28 weavers and other artisans who founded the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in Rochdale, England, on December 21, 1844, these principles were introduced into the United States in 1874 by the National Grange, and […]

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EXTRA – A Slight Comeback for Coal

Coal’s share of U.S. baseload generation has been plummeting, but the Energy Information Administration says it might be poised for a slight rebound. In a July 12 energy forecast, the agency predicted electricity powered by coal will rise about 3 percent in 2013, compared with a projected 13 percent decline in 2012. “EIA expects that […]

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EXTRA – Florida linemen rescue osprey

When electric cooperative linemen rescue ospreys and falcons, the source of danger is usually live power lines. But in a recent rescue of an osprey fledgling led by Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, the culprit was fishing wire tangled around a talon, causing the bird to dangle upside down from its nest. Line technicians, under the […]

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EXTRA – App calculates energy savings

How much can you save using CFLs? What does it cost to run the dishwasher for an hour? Answering those questions is easy with the newest Touchstone Energy® app. It’s called Together We Save — Save Energy Save Money, an offshoot of the popular Together We Save program. “It has two new calculators,” said Jason […]

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EXTRA – Rural America population falls

Rural America is gaining a few new residents, but its overall share of the U.S. population is slowly falling, according to new data from the federal government. Recent reports from the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service and the Census Bureau show the percentage of rural population is at an all-time low. Only 16.4 percent of […]

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EXTRA – LEDs might boost milk production

Early indications are that LEDs might lead to increased milk production. Experts are urging caution. But it is a development that electric cooperatives need to be aware of, and there’s an event coming up that will be of interest to many. NRECA’s Cooperative Research Network has been working with Oklahoma State University researchers and Western […]

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EXTRA – More consumers cutting energy use

As the economic downturn lingers, more U.S. consumers are taking steps to reduce electric bills, according to a recent study by the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions. Eighty-three percent of consumers polled took steps to cut electric bills over the past year, versus 68 percent in 2011. Although 77 percent believe they have already done […]

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