GeoAlliance grant program now closed

The GeoAlliance geothermal grant program, which was developed by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in Springfield and Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation in Chicago, is now closed. Throughout four phases of the ­program, which spanned more than 10 years, nearly $1.5 million was provided to not-for-profit and public entities located in Illinois cooperative territories […]

Where is the best tasting water in Illinois?

It’s in Dieterich, Ill., and sur­rounding rural areas served by EJ Water Cooperative. The American Water Works Association in its annual “Best of the Best” Tap Water Taste Test rated EJ Water one of the top 20 water utilities in the country and the best in Illinois for 2013. One of the ­reasons for the […]

The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference is July 16th in Normal

The Center for Renewable Energy is leading the coordination of The Illinois Renewable Energy Conference with active participation from four statewide organizations to provide plenary speakers of interest to all areas of ­renewable energy plus breakout tracks to focus specifically on wind, solar, geothermal and biomass. Representatives from the Illinois Wind Working Group, Illinois Solar […]

Illinois Rivers transmission project receives final approval

The decision by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) in February clears the way for the nearly 400-mile-long Illinois Rivers electric transmission project that will create jobs, facilitate the delivery of low-cost power and improve the reliability and efficiency of the electric power grid. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois (ATXI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ameren Corporation […]

Fishing for an Asian carp solution

Asian carp were introduced to America in 1972 to combat algae problems in the fish farms of Arkansas, but since then the monstrous fish has found its way up river systems to Northern states like Illinois and Minnesota. Biologists are trying to prevent the fish from entering Lake Michigan. Recently the U.S. Army Corps of […]

Aging infrastructure number one concern for utilities

Many electric co-ops are ­celebrating their 75th ­anniversary and lines, like the one pictured here, were built 50 to 75 years ago. Replacing that aging infrastructure is the top concern of many utilities. To better understand how electric utilities are ­meeting challenges such as slow demand growth, the rise of distributed generation (DG) and ­regulatory […]

Electric co-ops praise senator’s energy white paper

Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, welcomed U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AK) speech on Feb. 11 announcing her Energy 20/20 White Paper at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners. Emerson said, “Senator Murkowski’s paper is spot-on in its call for a more reliable and affordable electricity grid. Her assessment […]

Co-ops show commitment to community

On March 1, more than one hundred volunteers from Touchstone Energy (TSE) electric cooperatives across the country participated in a project to build two energy ­efficient Habitat for Humanity homes in Fairview, Tenn. Volunteers from 35 co-ops arrived in Nashville prior to the start of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) 2014 Annual Meeting […]

Illinois electric co-op named 2013 Wind Cooperative of the Year

The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in March recognized Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) of Virginia and Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) of Illinois as the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year. The awards were presented at the TechAdvantage 2014 Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tenn., to honor […]

Overhaul of FEMA disaster funding rules needed for rural areas

Governor Pat Quinn in February delivered the keynote address at the National Journal’s Natural Disaster Forum in Washington, D.C., where he discussed Illinois’ preparedness and response to several major ­natural disasters and called for needed changes to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster aid criteria. A tornado outbreak on Nov. 17, 2013 killed eight […]