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Senate passes coal ash provisions

Coal ash management, ­according to electric cooperatives, requires clear authority, certainty and ­common sense. That’s what co-op leaders said the Senate delivered in major legislation. Provisions critical for addressing coal ash-coal combustion residuals from electric generation-cleared the Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act, S. 2848, in a 95-3 vote Sept. 15. “These […]

Were you the victim of a home repair scam?

If you or someone you know has been the victim of elder financial abuse and want to talk confidentially to someone about it, an Adult Protective Services caseworker can help you take steps to alleviate the situation. Don’t let it happen again. Remember: • If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  •Get […]

Co-ops honor Sen. Manar with public service award

During a special award ­ceremony held at M.J.M. Electric Cooperative, Inc., on August 31, Illinois State Senator Andy Manar (left, D-Bunker Hill) received the 2016 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award from AIEC President/CEO Duane Noland. The award was made in recog­nition of Sen. Manar’s dedicated public service to all ­citizens of the state of Illinois […]

Illinois consumers average monthly energy bill is $280

We made it through the heat of summer and air ­conditioning bills but some of that electricity for the A/C may now show up on your electric bill. Soon we’ll be ­heading into the heating season. In the U.S., energy costs eat between five and 22 percent of families’ total after-tax income, with the poorest […]

Illinois pioneers of rural electrification

Delbert Mundt Delbert Mundt of rural Dieterich is known for his unique leadership qualities and his contributions to rural electrification and rural water development in eastern Illinois. Mundt was elected to the board of directors for Norris Electric in 1983 and served as its chairman for 10 years. He represented Norris Electric Cooperative on the […]

Turning carbon dioxide into fuel — it is what plants do

In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago, ­researchers were able to convert carbon dioxide into a usable energy source using ­sunlight. The process is similar to how trees and other plants slowly ­capture carbon ­dioxide from the atmosphere, converting it to sugars […]

Turning carbon into commodity

Dr. Kevin O’Brien, Director of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at the University of Illinois, talked to electric co-op directors and managers at the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting about how the center is working to create a sustainable market for captured CO2 from coal plants. The AIEC has already provided in-kind ­support […]

Louisiana co-op spirit fights back gainst worst disaster since Katrina

As Baton Rouge homeowner Chanon Johnson picks through the remains of her flood-ravaged house, the irony of her situation isn’t lost upon her. As a case manager at the DEMCO Foundation, the charitable arm of the Dixie Electric Membership Corp., Johnson helps decide where the ­foundation’s Operation Roundup funds go. “It’s pretty ironic. Now we’re […]

Rep. Danny Davis gives quick history and civics lesson

A native of Parkdale, Ark., 74-year-old Illinois Congressman Danny Davis (D IL-7), from the west side of Chicago, still remembers reading and doing his homework with a coal oil lamp, before the REA-financed local electric cooperative brought electricity to his home. “I was about 10 years old, it was a new era for us, a […]

Ray LaHood speaks to co-op leaders about bipartisan politics

At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ 75th annual meeting held in Springfield at the end of July, former Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood asked co-op leaders to ­promote good policies and bipartisan politics. He said co-ops have been ­successful for the last 75 years because of a ­willingness to get into the […]