Horsepower lends a hand to fiber optic roll out

When Gascosage Electric Cooperative was stringing its first lines in the 1940s, horses and mules were the lineman’s best friends. The Missouri co-op’s history book tells the tale of how a team of unruly mules saved the day when the Ozark terrain turned so steep the men could hardly stand. “I talked to a lot […]

You still have time to comment to the EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended the comment period for its proposed “Clean Power Plan” by 45 days. EPA held public ­hearings on the proposal throughout July and was originally ­accepting comments until Oct. 16. The new closing date for ­comments is Dec. 1. To make your own comment go to “Folks […]

Co-ops partner with USDA to spark jobs

Corn Belt Energy, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative and Shelby Electric Cooperative were among several Illinois electric cooperatives to receive loans from the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan and Grants Program to support rural communities and job growth in 2014. In Bloomington, Ill., Corn Belt Energy’s project will be for $1,775,000 for the purchase of equipment for […]

Saving co-op power by going without it

Why would anyone willingly go without electricity — no air conditioning, fans or lights — on a hot summer day? How about to get a nice break on their bill? That’s what’s happening at Corn Belt Energy, Bloomington, Ill., with a ­program so popular the co-op can’t accommodate everyone who’s interested. Some 2,500 members are […]

Investing in rural business through Illinois electric co-ops

The USDA understands that rural electric cooperatives are often leaders in their communities and the importance of economic development to the communities they serve. To invest in infrastructure that will expand opportunity for all Americans, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded organizations in 14 states loans and grants to ­support rural infrastructure, job creation efforts and […]

Sen. Righter receives 2014 Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Public Service Award

At the headquarters for Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative in Mattoon on August 28, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon, 55th District) received the 2014 Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Sen. Righter’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for ­outstanding contributions to the rural […]

Energy consumption to inch up

Residential sales of elec­tricity in 2014 are expected to average 2.1 ­percent more than in 2013, ­according to the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In order to meet the growing demand, EIA expects U.S. generation to grow by 1.1 percent from 2013 to an ­average 11,200 gigawatt-hours per day. […]

The impact of regulations on you

We’ve written before about how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for new and existing power plants have the potential to drive up your electric bills. We’ve also asked that you join other co-op members in making sure the EPA hears your concerns. We need some common sense and concern for ­consumers inserted in the […]

Looking for an energizing job?

Careers In Energy Week, October 13-19, 2014, is a week-long celebration of energy careers for students across the state of Illinois to enjoy. The Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium has been working to coordinate the events in Illinois as part of the nationwide effort by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), which originated the ­celebration to […]

Electric co-op adds more solar energy resources

Dairyland Power Cooperative is once again expanding its renewable energy resources with the addition of another commercial solar project. The new solar installation will be approximately 520 kilowatts (kW), and could produce enough energy to power nearly 60 homes. “For many years, we have been steadily adding renewable resources to our system while ­balancing reliability […]