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Davidsmeyer receives 2017 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award

At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting on July 28, State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-100th District, was presented the 2017 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Rep. Davidsmeyer’s ­dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural […]

Déjà vu as co-ops lead in satisfaction

Strong showings from electric cooperatives, as well as greater satisfaction among all electric consumers, are among the highlights of a new J.D. Power report. The firm’s 2017 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study shows several co-ops with top-of-the-chart scores besting many investor-owned and municipal utilities. “The utility industry has begun to fully understand the importance […]

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Program your thermostat to help manage energy use

Programmable thermostats are designed to help ­manage energy use, but most of the U.S. households with these controls do not choose to program their ­thermostats. According to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, only one in eight households with a programmable thermostat is using it to control the temperature when not at […]

America’s electric co-ops promote nationwide veterans hiring initiative

Faced with the challenge of filling 15,000 jobs over the next five to seven years, America’s electric ­cooperatives want to do more than simply thank ­veterans for their ­service—they want to offer them a job. “Our military veterans deserve our unending gratitude for their service to our country,” said Jim Matheson, CEO of the National […]

Why rural America cares about electrifying Africa

It was a blunt question from the moderator: Why does rural America care about bringing electricity to Africa? “Cooperative members like to see other communities prosper. It’s a spirit of generosity that I think is part of our DNA,” answered Dan Waddle, senior vice president of NRECA International. “The members who participate in our program […]

Rethinking electric car incentives

From tax credits to carpool lane access, all sorts of carrots are being dangled at would-be electric car ­buyers. But there’s a snag. A Kelley Blue Book analyst worries that incentive money to buy electric vehicles might vanish before most people are willing to buy one. “The problem is that we incen­tivized the wrong group […]

Illinois volunteers receive Chairman’s Award

During the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ (AIEC) annual meeting, held July 27-28, Board Chairman Dennis Fredrickson presented the Chairman’s Award to the Illinois linemen who helped to electrify Bolivian villages earlier this year. Those receiving the award were left to right: Tim Baker and Bret Richards, Corn Belt Energy Corporation; Joseph Alexander and Ryan […]

Egyptian Electric seeks general manager

The board of Directors of Egyptian Electric Cooperative Association, ­currently headquartered in Steeleville, Ill., is seeking a highly-qualified ­candidate to fill the ­position of Executive Vice President/General Manager. The headquarters will soon relocate to its new facility just north of Murphysboro. Applicants should have high integrity, positive ­leadership, and be effective communicators. A four-year college […]

Broadband ‘essential’ to rural America

Candy Crush. Netflix. Access to high-speed internet certainly offers a wealth of entertainment options. But for rural America, broadband can bring family businesses, education and healthcare on par with the world, an electric cooperative leader told Congress. “For rural residents, high-speed broadband is not just about pastimes like Netflix; more importantly it’s about a chance […]

Innovators drawn to Illinois by Argonne National Laboratory’s entrepreneurship program

Developing a great idea into a technology that impacts the market and the world is difficult. Doing so with an energy- or ­science-based technology can seem nearly impossible for ­entrepreneurs. Complex tech­nical ­challenges, long develop­ment cycles, expensive lab ­equipment, and impatient ­investors ­create high hurdles for even the most determined innovators to overcome. Chain Reaction […]