EPA to tighten regulations on new wood stoves

Some consider wood a renewable energy resource. And for many people, especially those living in rural areas, wood stoves are an important source of heat. Unfortunately, it is going to become more expensive to buy a new wood stove due to proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations. About 11.5 million U.S. homes use wood for heat. […]

Honoring our heroes from the Land of Lincoln

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. The mission of the Honor Flight Network is to transport, free of charge, America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. “The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight team is taking applications in […]

Solar added to co-op’s energy supply mix

Dairyland Power, which serves the Illinois ­cooperative Jo-Carroll Energy, has signed an agreement with Minnesota-Three, LLC, to purchase the renewable energy produced by a planned large solar facility, to be located north of Rochester, Minn. The new solar installation will be 517 kilowatts (kW), and could produce enough energy to power nearly 60 homes. Bill […]

Give your home an energy score

The Energy Department announced on Jan. 9, its first major software update to the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Department’s Building Technologies Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The Home Energy Score allows homebuyers to compare homes on an “apples-to-apples” basis and ­provides recommendations for energy ­efficiency improvements. In addition, homeowners and […]

Co-ops using new ice index to prepare for outages

If the weather forecaster says your area could see a foot of snow, you know it’s going to be a mess on the roads. But what if the ­prediction is for ice? Do you know if there will be a power outage? If so, how bad will it be and how long will it last? […]

Final phase-out of incandescent light bulbs starting

Change is hard. We all still love the warm glow of the old-fashioned glass light bulbs. We hate the increased cost of the new-fangled compact fluorescents (CFL) bulbs and especially the newer light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. But we also know that change and new innovations also lead to ­better things. Change is good. Although the […]

Mortgage help for struggling Illinois homeowners

Governor Pat Quinn launched the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN) in 2012 to create a one-stop resource where Illinois residents can access the tools they need to avoid ­foreclosure. The Network ­coordinates the efforts of many state and non-profit agencies working to connect struggling homeowners with support and brings those services under one umbrella. IFPN […]

Illinois reclaims title of top soybean-producing state

Illinois has regained the title of top soybean-producing state for the first time since 2003, according to USDA estimates. “We’re proud this is happening in the same year we celebrate 100 years of Illinois soybean production and the 50th anniversary of the Illinois Soybean Association (ISA),” says Bill Raben, soybean farmer from Ridgway, Ill., and […]

Energy prices depend on the energy mix

All of us understand that diversity, not putting all your eggs in one basket, is a good way to manage risk and ­moderate economic bad news. When it comes to energy and electricity prices electric cooperative leaders believe this same basic principle holds true. We should have an all of the above energy mix, invest […]

Congressman Kinzinger honored for public service

At a meeting in December at the offices of Corn Belt Energy in Bloomington, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Manteno, 16th District) received the 2013 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Rep. Kinzinger’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the […]