How to communicate with your family during a disaster

Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another. Complete a contact card for each adult family member. Have them keep these cards handy in a wallet, purse or briefcase, etc. Additionally, complete contact cards for each child in your family. Put the cards in their backpacks or book bags. Identify a ...Read More

Illinois coal exports set record in 2012; now in 5th place

A new report forecasts continued major export growth for the Illinois coal industry due to the state’s large volumes of coal, competitive prices and access to prime water and land transportation routes. Illinois is now the fifth largest coal producing state in the U.S., up from ninth in 2009. The industry supports more than 4,000 jobs in Illinois. The report ...Read More


Hitzhusens Win 2013 Governor’s Conservation Farm Family

Tom and Margaret Hitzhusen, from Geneseo, were recently named the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ “Governor’s Conservation Farm Family” for 2013. Tom is a former director of Farmers Mutual Electric Company, prior to the merger with Jo-Carroll Energy. When the Hitzhusens moved to their current farm, the land was in very poor condition. The previous owner left ...Read More

Illinois utilities cooperate on State Fair Energy Zone

At this year’s Illinois State Fair the Illinois Energy Zone packed a powerful punch with interactive activities, renewable energy displays, youth activities, and giveaways - more than two dozen attractions. Next year’s display will be even bigger and better. The multi-faceted energy experience was provided by the Energy Education Council (EEC) in cooperation with the state of Illinois, utilities and ...Read More

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House passes coal ash bill creating federal guidelines

A bill strongly endorsed by electric cooperatives that regulates coal ash under a new state-run program has sailed through the House of Representatives and is on its way to the Senate.The House backed the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act of 2013 on July 25 by a 265-155 vote.For the first time, the bill sets a uniform national standard for ...Read More


Geothermal open house statewide Sept. 21

Geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient heating/cooling systems known to mankind today. If you want to learn more about geothermal, and see a system in action, Saturday, Sept. 21 is the date. The Illinois Geothermal Tour is ­coming to a location near you. On Saturday, Sept. 21, homes and ­businesses with geothermal systems will open their doors for a ...Read More


IDNR resources trunks and packs to supplement learning

Illinois has a wealth of natural resources and exploring them can be great fun for children as well as a wonderful educational experience. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) offers resources trunks and field trip packs for loan to help educators encourage children to take a closer look at the natural world. What are trunks and packs? “Trunks” are ...Read More

Send the Light

Send the Light – celebrates rural electrification history

Many electric cooperatives across the country are ­celebrating their 75th anniversary. Celebrating that history is a play, Send the Light, which was conceived and ­written by Don Shandrow, a member of Corn Belt Energy, Bloomington, Ill. Music for the play was written by Phil Shaw, with ­incidental music by David Berchtold. Devon Lovell was part of the original four-actor cast ...Read More

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Electric vehicle sales growing

Expanding options and ­improving technology are having a positive effect on U.S. electric vehicle sales. Americans bought 40,000 plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) during the first half of 2013, more than twice the amount bought over the same period in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). PEVs include plug-in hybrids such as the Chevrolet Volt and all-electric ­vehicles ...Read More

Electric cooperatives hold statewide meeting

Members of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives held their 72nd annual meeting Aug. 1-2. AIEC Board Chairman Larry Kraft of Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Waterloo, Ill., congratulated the fol­lowing co-ops celebrating 75 years of service: Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative, Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association, EnerStar Electric Cooperative, McDonough Power Cooperative, Monroe County Electric Co-Operative, Norris Electric Cooperative, Shelby Electric Cooperative, Southern ...Read More