Co-ops start Philippines typhoon relief fund

To help bring the power back after Typhoon Haiyan, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has launched a fund-raising campaign for the Philippines. There are 119 electric cooperatives in this nation, and at least 30 have been affected. NRECA International and several of our member co-ops have a longstanding relationship with the electric co-ops in the Philippines dating back ...Read More

State Senator Dave Koehler (D- Peoria, 46th District) was presented with the 2013 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award by Spoon River Electric Cooperative President/CEO William R. Dodds (right). Also congratulating Sen. Koehler November 25 at the presentation were Spoon River Electric board members (back row left - right) Bernard Marvel, Lyle H. Nelson, James C. Banks, Bob D. Lascelles, Gregory M. Leigh, Steve M. Pille, Jack L. Clark and Terry A. Beam.

Sen. Koehler honored for co-op legislation

At Spoon River Electric Cooperative’s November 25 board meeting, State Senator Dave Koehler (D- Peoria, 46th District) received the 2013 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Sen. Koehler’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program. Of ­special significance, Sen. Koehler ...Read More

Tony Campbell (center), President/CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative, brings concerns about pending EPA carbon ­dioxide rules to Congress. (Photo By: House Energy and Power Subcommittee)

Co-op leader urges Congress to stop EPA

Low-income people in rural America will bear the brunt of ­federal limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-based electric generation, Tony Campbell, president and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), told Congress. Campbell ­earlier in his career was an employee of Corn Belt Energy in Bloomington, Ill. The EPA is ­preparing to ­propose carbon ­dioxide standards for existing power ...Read More

Co-op adds 154 MW of renewable methane power

Hoosier Energy, a generation and transmission co-op serving more than 300,000 co-op members in Indiana and Illinois, recently celebrated the official startup of the Livingston Renewable Energy Station at the Livingston Landfill - a 4,604-acre, Republic Services site just north of Pontiac. The 154-megawatt generating facility will use methane gas from the landfill. “Landfill methane generation projects such as these ...Read More

Record number of organizations back passage of Farm Bill

The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC), along with 25x25 and the Environmental Law & Policy Center, led a group of more than 100 ­organizations in sending a letter today urging Congressional ­con­ferees to adopt the Senate Farm Bill’s Energy Title funding. If approved, this bill would provide $900 million in mandatory funding for agriculture energy programs. Signatories include such organizations as ...Read More

Take action on energy costs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new ­proposed rules limiting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new coal and natural gas based power plants. Because of this, the Administration has abandoned its “all-of-the-above” energy strategy and embraced an “all-but-one” approach that effectively prevents construction of new coal-based generation. Electric cooperatives strongly oppose this shift and believe the proposed rule ...Read More

Duane Noland at Chicago EPA Session

Co-op leader urges EPA to consider the cost of regulation on the rural poor

Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ President/CEO Duane Noland (right) offered comments on behalf of Illinois electric cooperatives at the Nov. 8 U.S. EPA Listening Session in Chicago, Ill. The session was designed for EPA to gain public input on future proposed rules on carbon emission standards for ­existing power plants. Noland said the cost of providing electricity to sparsely populated ...Read More

Wagon 2013

Sharing the harvest, farmers give back to 4-H

As Chairman of the Board for the Macon County 4-H & Extension Foundation, Duane Noland has a unique fund raising idea he thinks could spread to other counties in Illinois. He developed a wagon to pull to farm fields during harvest for grain donations that would help raise funds for the 4-H program. “In 2011, we received $15,000 in grain ...Read More

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Illinois students build Solar Decathalon house

Students from the University of Illinois, partnering with students from Peking University, entered a demonstration home in the Solar Decathlon China competition held in October. The program challenges students to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and ­attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with ...Read More

Bipartisan support for inland waterways vital to Illinois economy

We hear a lot about the discord in Congress, but in October the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Reform & Development Act with an overwhelming 417-3 vote. Earlier this year Senator Durbin and Senator Kirk both supported similar legislation. When we think of trans­portation infrastructure most of us think of roads that crisscross our state and country. We ...Read More