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EXTRA – Farm Bill Has Good News for Co-ops

Two electric cooperative priorities are on their way to the House after clearing the Senate as part of the sweeping 2012 farm bill. A program to help co-op members with insulation and energy efficiency is part of the Senate-passed farm Bill. The legislation, which passed on a bipartisan 64-35 vote June 21, includes a program that […]

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Choosing the right light bulb

The way you light your home is changing, starting with how you shop for light bulbs. In addition to new choices in technology – state of the art LEDs or CFLs, for example – you have a variety of options in terms of brightness, as well as how long you want the bulb to last. […]

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Seven tips for job search success

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or just getting started, the job search process can be overwhelming. Here are seven career search and interview tips to make your job search successful and rewarding: 1. Organize your search. Create a plan of attack-this can include developing a preparation timeline, creating or updating your resume, and compiling a […]

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New energy efficiency standards will save consumers billions

The Department of Energy announced common-sense energy efficiency standards for residential clothes washers and dishwashers that will save consumers $20 billion in energy and water costs. The clothes washers standard announced in June will save households approximately $350 over the lifetime of the appliance. And home dishwashers will use approximately 15 percent less energy and […]

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Co-ops find the EPA carbon rule flawed

Electric cooperatives say the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon reduction standard deviates from the Obama administration’s “all of the above” energy pledge by eliminating coal as a fuel for new plants. At separate public hearings May 24 in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, co-op officials told the agency that its rule takes coal off the table as […]

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Cooperative principles and cooperative values defined

The cooperative principles are a set of guidelines that govern cooperative operations. Originally drawn up by Charles Howarth, one of 28 weavers and other artisans who founded the Rochdale Society of Equitable Pioneers in Rochdale, England, on December 21, 1844, these principles were introduced into the United States in 1874 by the National Grange, and […]

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EXTRA – A Slight Comeback for Coal

Coal’s share of U.S. baseload generation has been plummeting, but the Energy Information Administration says it might be poised for a slight rebound. In a July 12 energy forecast, the agency predicted electricity powered by coal will rise about 3 percent in 2013, compared with a projected 13 percent decline in 2012. “EIA expects that […]

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EXTRA – Florida linemen rescue osprey

When electric cooperative linemen rescue ospreys and falcons, the source of danger is usually live power lines. But in a recent rescue of an osprey fledgling led by Florida Keys Electric Cooperative, the culprit was fishing wire tangled around a talon, causing the bird to dangle upside down from its nest. Line technicians, under the […]

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EXTRA – App calculates energy savings

How much can you save using CFLs? What does it cost to run the dishwasher for an hour? Answering those questions is easy with the newest Touchstone Energy® app. It’s called Together We Save — Save Energy Save Money, an offshoot of the popular Together We Save program. “It has two new calculators,” said Jason […]

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