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USDA Rural Development supports Illinois jobs

USDA Rural Development has made investments to help 493 rural businesses in Illinois thrive and grow. USDA invests in everything from advanced biofuels manufacturing ­facilities to food hubs to help businesses, many of them small, ­capitalize on emerging markets for rural-made products. USDA Rural Development’s goal is to promote a dynamic business environment and create […]

Shelby Electric Cooperative helps fund new jobs with USDA loan

IHI Turbo America is adding production to their ­current automotive and marine parts manufacturing, adding 30 new jobs at the Shelbyville plant in 2015. The expansion was made possible with a $2 million loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program to Shelby Electric Cooperative. The new assembly line is expected to be […]

Military and veteran students to get academic credits for military training

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, in ­cooperation with the Illinois Community College Board, several community colleges, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and MyCreditsTransfer, recently completed a collaborative project to grant veteran and military students appropriate academic credit for the education and training they gained in military service. In this “Making Military Training Count” […]

Glenwood Schools receive geothermal rebates

At the Ball-Chatham School Board meeting on Nov. 24, the ­district received an energy efficiency grant check for $50,000 for a new geothermal heating and cooling ­system for Glenwood Middle School. The grant was obtained by Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC), through the GeoAlliance program. GeoAlliance is a collaboration between the Association of Illinois Electric […]

NERC says EPA plan raises reliability concerns

Increased dependence on natural gas and renewable energy ­generation carry significant new infrastructure requirements. New wind and solar energy to meet the shortfall from fossil ­generation shutdowns under the proposed ne EPA regulation will demand ­additional transmission lines, like those in this photo, to access ­renewable resources in remote areas. New transmission lines for ­renewable […]

HomE 3.0 energy efficiency incentives available now through your cooperative

Since mid-2010, more than $3.5 million in incentive dollars have gone to Illinois electric cooperative members making home energy efficiency upgrades through a series of HomE (pronounced “home E”) rebate incentives. The HomE incentives will continue in early 2015, with about $400,000 available to cooperative ­members. Funding is available for geothermal heat pumps, qualifying air […]

Illinois linemen rescue crash victims

Driving the roads of rural Illinois co-op employees are often the first on the scene of an accident. That’s when their safety training and ­willingness to help can save lives. In November three members of an electric cooperative line crew began their work week by ­helping the ­victims of a head-on collision. Seconds after a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]