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Prairie Power, Inc. closes Pearl Generation Station

Effective June 1 Prairie Power, Inc. will close the Pearl Generation Station located near Pittsfield. The small 22-megawatt, coal-fired base load plant went on line in 1968. The plant was only operated when the cost of production was lower than power purchased from the Midwest Independent System Operator (ISO). In 2010, the plant provided 4 […]

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Organic sunflower seeds for birds, wildlife now available from WIU organic farm

Bird and wildlife enthusiasts can now purchase organic, locally grown sunflower seeds for their feathered and furry backyard friends. The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture’s Organic Research Program is selling 9 pound bags of black oilseed sunflower seeds for $10. The sunflowers were grown on the WIU Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm, which is […]

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More than 250 Youth Day students meet with state senators and representatives in capital city

More than 250 youth from 25 Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives from across the state visited the State Capitol as part of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperative’s annual Youth Day, held Wednesday, March 28 in Springfield. Students had the opportunity to have photos taken and meet with their district senators and representatives, hear from Lt.Gov. […]

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Co-op leader expresses disappointment with proposed EPA greenhouse gas regulations

In March, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association CEO Glenn English made the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed greenhouse gas regulations: “NRECA and its member electric cooperatives are extremely disappointed to learn that the Obama Administration, in a New Source Performance Standard issued today by the EPA, has jettisoned American coal from […]

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SIPC reduces costs, holds base rate even in 2011

Members of Southern Illinois Power Cooperative (SIPC) in Marion were updated on the organization’s financial condition and reductions in power cost during the power cooperative’s Annual Meeting of Members held in March. SIPC was able to hold base rates even for 2011. “Optimism began to grow in 2011 with SIPC achieving excellent reliability at the […]

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Illinois farmland values continue upward spiral

The prices being paid for farmland across Illinois continue their upward spiral with the tops being in the $10,000 to $13,000 per acre range across the state. This is according to the 2012 Farmland Values and Lease Trends Report released in March by the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. The top […]

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Electric co-ops back rural efficiency bill

Sens. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Richard Lugar, R-Ind., introduced S. 2216, the Rural Energy Savings Program Act, on March 21. Under the bill, the Rural Utilities Service would make zero-interest loans to individual electric co-ops or state groups of co-ops. In turn, they would lend the money to eligible members at no more than 3 […]

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Cooperative leaders attend Grassroots Summit

In April representatives from more than 500 cooperatives in 42 states descend on Washington, D.C. for the first ever “Grassroots Summit.” The co-op leaders met with Capitol Hill staffers to discuss policy issues, but the primary focus was on engaging co-op members in grassroots and political action.  “Investing time and energy in developing our grassroots […]

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