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Sen. Gary Forby and Rep. Unes awarded Co-op’s Public Service Award

At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Annual Meeting held on August 2 in Springfield, State Senator Gary Forby, D-59th District, received the 2012 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. Although he was unable to attend it was announced that State Representative Michael Unes, R-91st District, received the ­second Public Service Award for this year. […]

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NEW – USDA, Co-ops Back Rural Jobs Efforts

A proven energy-efficiency program and a jet engine complex are among the electric cooperative-backed economic development initiatives in line to receive about $13 million in loans and grants from the Agriculture Department. The money, which will underwrite job creation and retention projects in a dozen states, represents the latest round of funding under the Rural […]

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Farm Bill passes Senate and includes energy funding

     The National 25×25 Alliance commends the Senate on its passage of a Farm Bill yesterday by a 64-35 margin that includes $800 million in mandatory funding for Energy Title programs. Not only did the final vote represent an important victory for rural renewable energy supporters, the overwhelming opposition to amendments that would have stripped […]

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EXTRA – Co-ops key in USDA efficiency plan

Calling it part of a “pathway to prosperity,” Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced his department will partner with electric cooperatives in a new initiative to improve energy efficiency in rural parts of the country. Vilsack said the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program will turn to co-ops as intermediaries to help homeowners and small […]

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Illinois co-ops send help to Ohio outage victims

In July Illinois electric cooperatives sent crews to assist sister co-ops after a massive storm hit utilities hard from Chicago to the East Coast. The storm that went through Chicago and headed towards Washington, D.C. hit Ohio very hard. Co-ops that sent help include MJM Electric Cooperative, Rock Energy, Jo-Carroll Energy, Corn Belt Energy, EnerStar […]

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Farmers and ranchers will face greenhouse gas regulation challenges

Many of America’s farmers and ranchers will face ­economic challenges due to the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to regulate greenhouse gases, the American Farm Bureau Federation told a House subcommittee. Carl Shaffer, President of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, testified on behalf of AFBF before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power. “Costs […]

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Illinois Drought Response Task Force to help minimize harm caused by dry conditions

The state agencies that make up the Drought Response Task Force in Illinois met in mid-July to provide recommendations and assistance in dealing with persistent dry weather in the state. The Drought Response Task Force is chaired by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and includes experts from the […]

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