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Coal generation likely to increase in near term

Coal-fired electricity generation in the United States is expected to increase by 9 percent in 2013, while natural gas generation could decrease by about 10 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. The trend is the result of a predicted increase in natural gas prices relative to coal. Coal has […]

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The Spoon River Electric Cooperative Board of Directors congratulates State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria), who was awarded the Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. Pictured in the front row (left to right) are Director John Spangler, Director Greg Leigh, Rep. Mike Unes, President/CEO Bill Dodds, Board Chairman Jack Clark and Director Lyle Nelson. In the back row (left to right) are Directors Bob Lascelles, Terry Beam, Steve Pille, Jim Banks and Bernard Marvel.

Rep. Unes receives Cooperatives’ Public Service Award

At Spoon River Electric Cooperative’s September board ­meeting, State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) received the Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Rep. Unes’ dedicated public service and for out­standing contributions to the rural elec­trification program. “It has been an honor to work with Spoon River Electric Cooperative, […]

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Increasing Illinois government transparency

In September Governor Pat Quinn signed a new executive order to further increase transparency and accountability in government by establishing a new state Open Operating Standard. The order encourages state agencies and local governments across Illinois to increase the amount of raw data they share with each other, ­businesses, academic ­institutions and the general public. […]

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Dairyland Power purchasing energy from new solar operation

Dairyland Power Cooperative is purchasing the excess energy output from a new 368 kW solar photo­voltaic installation at the City of Galena, Ill. Wastewater Treatment Plant. The facility is interconnected with Jo-Carroll Energy, a Dairyland member cooperative. The solar units’ production at the wastewater treatment plant is expected to produce sufficient power to satisfy the […]

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Illinois State Fair visitors get “energized”

This year’s state fair featured a brand new area with renewable energy displays, activities, engaging safety and energy efficiency programs, guest speakers and giveaways – along with returning features like the arcs and sparks of live power line demos and other traditional favorites. It was all about “safe, smart, clean, and green” energy in the […]

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Co-ops ask DOE to consider larger water heaters

In 2012, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced energy-­conservation standards for all water heaters – gas or electric, storage or instantaneous – and set specific ­efficiency levels based on fuel type and size. For tank-type electric water ­heaters, 55 gallons or smaller, the new standard set the minimum energy factor at .96 (or 96% energy-efficiency). […]

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Illinois travel guide available online

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism (DCEO/IOT) announced that the 2012 Illinois Travel Guide is now ­available to consumers. The all-new guide combines a newsstand magazine look and feel with the practical information visitors expect from a travel guide. “We are pleased to offer consumers a brand-new travel guide,” said […]

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Preparing for weather disasters

Many years ago, Mark Twain said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Mark Twain was right – to a certain extent. There is nothing we can do to change the weather. However, there is something all of us can do to make life a little easier for ourselves when the […]

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