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Dairyland Power’s Peregrine falcon restoration program has produced 85 chicks

A slow start to spring hasn’t stopped the annual return of Peregrine falcons to the Coulee Region and Dairyland Power’s ­nesting boxes. Mating pairs of falcons at both Alma and Genoa Site nesting boxes are incubating a full clutch of eggs. Fledging of the chicks will likely occur in late June or early July. Cameras […]

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How to help after a disaster

The long road to recovery continues for Oklahomans impacted by the massive tornado in Moore and other twisters that hit the state in mid-May. Electric cooperatives have an organized disaster ­recovery system built into their cooperative DNA and official ­network. But what if you want to help out after a disaster like the one caused […]

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Jo-Carroll Energy, Farmers Mutual Electric complete merger

Two electric cooperatives in northwest Illinois have merged to serve a combined 21,372 electric members. Elizabeth, Ill.-based Jo-Carroll Energy and Geneseo, Ill.-based Farmers Mutual Electric—the state’s oldest electric cooperative—­completed the merger on March 31. The integrated ­cooperative will ­operate as Jo-Carroll Energy. The newly joined system held its first annual meeting on April 14, following […]

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Farmer’s markets growing in Illinois

More than 3,000 farmer’s markets across the country offer consumers farm-fresh, ­affordable, convenient and healthy products. Farmer’s markets serve as ­integral links between urban, ­suburban, and rural com­munities and the ­popularity of the markets continues to rise, ­especially in Illinois, which now ranks third in the nation for the number of farmer’s markets. To further […]

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Lawmakers back co-ops on water heater rule

Electric cooperatives are urging the Department of Energy to consider alter­natives to a new rule, due to take effect April 2015, that stands to phase out large-capacity 55 ­gallon and above electric water heaters that save energy and money for co-op members in demand response programs. Nearly 100 lawmakers on Capitol Hill are backing rural […]

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290th birthday of the Illinois National Guard

On May 9, Governor Pat Quinn honored the 290th birthday of the Illinois National Guard, saluting its ­members who embody the ­democratic ideal of the citizen soldier. The Illinois National Guard has a dual mission: The state mission, under the governor’s command, is to respond to domestic emergencies in Illinois or elsewhere through cooperative agreements […]

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Prairie State Generating Company celebrates first year

Prairie State Generating Company celebrated its ­inaugural meeting May 2 at the Lively Grove energy campus that includes a state of the art 1,600-megawatt generating facility and coal mine. The ­facility is owned by nine member owners, including Southern Illinois Power Cooperative and Prairie Power, Inc., which are both not-for-profit, ­member-owned Illinois ­generation and transmission ­cooperatives. […]

Seven students win electric co-op scholarships

Don Wood, Vice President of Government Relations for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, announced the names of the seven winners of the 2013 Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship in May. “There were hundreds of applications received this year and, as always, a large number were extremely qualified applicants,” said Wood. The amount of […]

How to pick a fuel-sipping vehicle

The Energy Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on December 6 released the 2013 Fuel Economy Guide, giving consumers information to help them choose the most fuel-efficient and lowest greenhouse gas-emitting vehicles. The 2013 models include efficient and low-emission vehicles in a variety of classes and sizes, but notable this year is the […]

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Ground breaking held for new cooperative solar facility

On May 10, Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative held a ground breaking for its 500-­kilowatt solar facility that is being built south of Winchester on Illinois Highway 106, next to one of the substations that serves the co-op’s 7,800 members. The complete solar array will cover four acres. At full capacity, it could ­provide enough electricity […]