Scams keeping co-ops on alert

Scammers continue to target electric cooperative ­members in several states, using a variety of schemes including one where a man looks like he might work at the co-op. That’s occurring in Paintsville, Ky.-based Big Sandy RECC’s service area, where officials say someone has been approaching members, requesting money under threat of disconnection. In neighboring Tennessee, […]

Gulley new CEO for Southern Illinois Power Cooperative

The Southern Illinois Power Cooperative board of directors recently named Donald L. Gulley as its next CEO. Gulley began his duties at year-end, upon the retirement of Tim Reeves, SIPC’s long-serving CEO. Marion-based SIPC is the generation and transmission cooperative for seven distribution cooperatives and two wholesale customers in southern Illinois. “Born and raised in […]

Co-ops start Philippines typhoon relief fund

To help bring the power back after Typhoon Haiyan, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has launched a fund-raising campaign for the Philippines. There are 119 electric cooperatives in this nation, and at least 30 have been affected. NRECA International and several of our member co-ops have a longstanding relationship with the electric co-ops […]

Sen. Koehler honored for co-op legislation

At Spoon River Electric Cooperative’s November 25 board meeting, State Senator Dave Koehler (D- Peoria, 46th District) received the 2013 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Sen. Koehler’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program. […]

Co-op leader urges Congress to stop EPA

Low-income people in rural America will bear the brunt of ­federal limits on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-based electric generation, Tony Campbell, president and CEO of East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), told Congress. Campbell ­earlier in his career was an employee of Corn Belt Energy in Bloomington, Ill. The EPA is ­preparing to ­propose carbon […]

Co-op adds 154 MW of renewable methane power

Hoosier Energy, a generation and transmission co-op serving more than 300,000 co-op members in Indiana and Illinois, recently celebrated the official startup of the Livingston Renewable Energy Station at the Livingston Landfill – a 4,604-acre, Republic Services site just north of Pontiac. The 154-megawatt generating facility will use methane gas from the landfill. “Landfill methane […]

Record number of organizations back passage of Farm Bill

The Agriculture Energy Coalition (AgEC), along with 25×25 and the Environmental Law & Policy Center, led a group of more than 100 ­organizations in sending a letter today urging Congressional ­con­ferees to adopt the Senate Farm Bill’s Energy Title funding. If approved, this bill would provide $900 million in mandatory funding for agriculture energy programs. […]

Take action on energy costs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new ­proposed rules limiting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of new coal and natural gas based power plants. Because of this, the Administration has abandoned its “all-of-the-above” energy strategy and embraced an “all-but-one” approach that effectively prevents construction of new coal-based generation. Electric cooperatives strongly oppose this shift […]

Co-op leader urges EPA to consider the cost of regulation on the rural poor

Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ President/CEO Duane Noland (right) offered comments on behalf of Illinois electric cooperatives at the Nov. 8 U.S. EPA Listening Session in Chicago, Ill. The session was designed for EPA to gain public input on future proposed rules on carbon emission standards for ­existing power plants. Noland said the cost of […]

Sharing the harvest, farmers give back to 4-H

As Chairman of the Board for the Macon County 4-H & Extension Foundation, Duane Noland has a unique fund raising idea he thinks could spread to other counties in Illinois. He developed a wagon to pull to farm fields during harvest for grain donations that would help raise funds for the 4-H program. “In 2011, […]