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Hoosier Energy announces plan for large solar initiative

On May 6 Hoosier Energy, a generation and transmission cooperative serving 18 electric distribution ­cooperatives in southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois, announced plans for a 10 MW multiple solar site initiative. The project consists of 10 one-megawatt solar arrays to be installed across member cooperative service ­territories over the next two years. Construction of the […]

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Electric co-ops look for a fresh start on WOTUS

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson expressed disappointment in the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to finalize a ­redefinition of the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act without ­consulting ­stakeholders, in ­particular the myriad rural businesses, ­including rural electric […]

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Can you dig it?

The temperature is rising and many homeowners are ready to dive into that next big landscaping project. Before going to the garden center or home improvement store to pick up rental equipment or to purchase shrubs, trees or other landscaping needs, notify JULIE at least two business days before the start of the project. JULIE’s […]

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Illinois Renewable Energy Conference features wind, solar and geothermal

Illinois State University is hosting the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference on Thursday, July 16, at the Bone Student Center Ballroom, Illinois State University, Normal from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The conference will include speakers on renewable energy, plus breakout sessions on renewable energy policy, technology, and case studies from around the state. Event partners […]

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Find an Illinois farmers market near you

Illinois is third in the nation for the number of ­farmers markets. Farmers markets offer consumers farm-fresh, affordable, convenient, and healthy products such as: fruits, vegetables, cheeses, herbs, fish, flowers, baked goods, meat and much more. You can search for a community or roadside farmers market near you by going to http://www.agr.state.il.us/markets/farmers/ Farmers markets serve […]

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How to dispose of batteries

Truth be told, those old used up disposable alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, etc.) aren’t the environmental menace they used to be before the federal government mandated taking out the mercury as part of the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996. These days, in every U.S. state except California (which requires […]

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Dairyland Power Cooperative adds to renewable energy portfolio

Dairyland Power Cooperative is ­expanding its commit­ment to ­renewable resources with the ­purchase of output from Sartell Hydro, a hydroelectric ­generation station located on the Mississippi River in Sartell, Minn. Dairyland Power ­provides wholesale electricity to 25 member distribution ­cooperatives and 17 municipal utilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Dairyland Power has a long-term […]

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Co-op leader Warren Goetsch promoted

Warren Goetsch has been promoted to Chief of Staff for the Illinois Department of Agriculture after long service as Bureau Chief of Environmental Programs. Goetsch has also been a director of Menard Electric Cooperative in Petersburg since 1987, and a director of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives since 2000 and is currently serving as […]

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Co-ops to build more community solar projects

Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative, Winchester, was the first in the state to build a 500 kilowatt ­community solar facility. Following that ­project Jo-Carroll Energy, Elizabeth, announced the completion of a ­community solar project of 456 solar panels, each with a capacity of 275 watts. In March, Prairie Power, Inc. announced plans for two 500 kilowatt community […]

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Illinois board member part of national leadership team

Two electric cooperative CEOs and a director will ­comprise the new leadership of the NRECA Board for the next two years. The new NRECA Board leader­ship team is President Mel Coleman, Vice President Phil Carson and Secretary-Treasurer Curtis Wynn. Carson is a board director for Tri-County Electric Cooperative and the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. […]

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