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Cooperative dedicates landfill gas to energy facility

Waste Management of Indiana, LLC, Wabash Valley Power Association and Hendricks Power Cooperative recently dedicated a renewable energy generation ­facility that uses gas from landfill waste to generate electricity. Wabash Valley provides wholesale energy to three Illinois electric distribution cooperatives. The celebration marks the com­pletion of the fourth landfill gas-to-energy plant at the Twin Bridges Recycling and Disposal Facility. With ...Read More

Lineman scholarship winner climbing new career path

Derrick Knearman, son of Shelby Electric Cooperative employees Diane and Brian Bunton, and Rory Knearman recently won one of only four scholarships given out by the International Lineman’s Rodeo Association. Derrick also won the 2012 LaVern and Nola McEntire Lineworker’s Scholarship from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. Derrick is enrolled in the lineworkers’ training program at Lincoln Land Community ...Read More

GE introduces LED bulb that replaces 100-watt incandescent

GE Lighting is introducing a new light-emitting diode replacement for the traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulb. The new LED packages 27 watts of input power in a standard “A-19” bulb shape. The GE Energy Smart(R) 27-watt LED bulb will be on store shelves the first half of 2013. GE’s existing portfolio of LED bulbs includes a 13-watt LED (60-watt incandescent ...Read More

Hurricane help sent from Illinois electric co-ops

Hurricane Sandy was a monster storm that hit the East Coast hard, leaving the member-owners of New Hampshire Electric Cooperative and millions of others without power. More than 50 linemen from 11 Illinois electric cooperatives volunteered to help our sister cooperative, headquartered in Plymouth, N.H. Jim Bakas, Vice President of Operations & Engineering for New Hampshire Electric, said, “The Governor, ...Read More

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Mobile app helps consumers shop locally

Consumers wanting to shop locally, support values-based ­businesses and find affordable co-ops in their communities can use the new CooperateUSA mobile app and online directory. CooperateUSA.coop and the CooperateUSA app are free resources and provide access to 29,000 US cooperatives in a variety of industries, ­including credit unions and financial service, grocery and consumer goods, healthcare, childcare, housing, ­transportation, utilities ...Read More

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Jo-Carroll Energy linemen help install storm siren

Jo-Carroll Energy linemen know the power of storms and the devastation they can bring to lives and property. To help warn people in the area of Denleith Township, the linemen helped install a storm siren at a township building located at 7753 Badger Road in East Dubuque. “In the past the only way that residents were aware of an impending ...Read More

Coal generation likely to increase in near term

Coal-fired electricity generation in the United States is expected to increase by 9 percent in 2013, while natural gas generation could decrease by about 10 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest Short-Term Energy Outlook. The trend is the result of a predicted increase in natural gas prices relative to coal. Coal has long been the dominant fuel ...Read More

The Spoon River Electric Cooperative Board of Directors congratulates State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria), who was awarded the Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. Pictured in the front row (left to right) are Director John Spangler, Director Greg Leigh, Rep. Mike Unes, President/CEO Bill Dodds, Board Chairman Jack Clark and Director Lyle Nelson. In the back row (left to right) are Directors Bob Lascelles, Terry Beam, Steve Pille, Jim Banks and Bernard Marvel.

Rep. Unes receives Cooperatives’ Public Service Award

At Spoon River Electric Cooperative’s September board ­meeting, State Representative Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) received the Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Rep. Unes’ dedicated public service and for out­standing contributions to the rural elec­trification program. “It has been an honor to work with Spoon River Electric Cooperative, and I’m very ­humbled to ...Read More

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Increasing Illinois government transparency

In September Governor Pat Quinn signed a new executive order to further increase transparency and accountability in government by establishing a new state Open Operating Standard. The order encourages state agencies and local governments across Illinois to increase the amount of raw data they share with each other, ­businesses, academic ­institutions and the general public. The State of Illinois Open ...Read More

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Dairyland Power purchasing energy from new solar operation

Dairyland Power Cooperative is purchasing the excess energy output from a new 368 kW solar photo­voltaic installation at the City of Galena, Ill. Wastewater Treatment Plant. The facility is interconnected with Jo-Carroll Energy, a Dairyland member cooperative. The solar units’ production at the wastewater treatment plant is expected to produce sufficient power to satisfy the facility’s energy needs. Dairyland has ...Read More