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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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Seven students win electric co-op scholarships

Don Wood, Vice President of Government Relations for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, announced the names of the seven winners of the 2012 Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship in May.  “There were 230 applications received this year and, as always, a large number were extremely qualified applicants,” said Wood. The amount of each […]

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Check out OutdoorIllinois Online

OutdoorIllinois Online connects the Illinois Department of Natural Resources with today’s Prairie State sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts in the digital world. At OutdoorIllinois Online (www.dnr.illinois.gov/OI) you’ll find more outdoor news, in-depth features, how-to tips and great places to visit in our wild Illinois. Check out our “bonus” features, including full-length stories about Illinois’ natural and […]

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Congress likely to sign bill for 54.5 MPG

After years of wrangling on the issue, auto companies, regulators and policymakers have finally come to terms on increased Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for vehicles traveling American roads. According to the plan, automakers will double the average, unadjusted fuel-economy rating of their car and light truck vehicle fleets to 54.5 miles per gallon […]

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April is Financial Literacy Month

Americans carry more than $2 trillion in consumer debt, and 30 percent of consumers report having no extra cash, making it impossible to escape the burden of living paycheck to paycheck. Because too many Americans are insufficiently educated about their personal finances, April is devoted to helping everyone get a fresh start on taking control […]

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Prairie Power, Inc. leaders keep eye on power portfolio risks in changing energy market

The members of Prairie Power, Inc. (PPI), a generation and transmission cooperative serving 10 central Illinois distribution cooperatives, held their Annual Meeting, Feb. 8 in Springfield. President and CEO Jay Bartlett said the generation and transmission cooperative (G&T), serving 10 Illinois distribution co-ops, is working hard to improve system reliability and manage rates, while building fiber […]

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Water efficiency starts in the bathroom

Some 60 percent of our household indoor water usage happens in the bathroom. As such, updating old leaky fixtures and changing a few basic habits could go a long way toward saving fresh water, energy and money. Undoubtedly, the toilet is the biggest water hog in the bathroom. Those made before 1993 use up to […]

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Green jobs for 700 weatherization specialists

Earlier this year the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced that capital funding will be given to 10 organizations who will train nearly 700 weatherization specialists across the state. This is the first phase of a multiple-year green jobs initiative. For more information about this program please visit www.ildceo.net.

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