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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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