Shown at the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center GeoAlliance geothermal check presentation from left, front row, are: Heidi Weber, Jo-Carroll Energy Manager of Member Relations and Marketing; John LeComte, Savanna Historical Society (SHS) Board Member; Jeannine Mills, SHS Board Member; Nancy McDonald, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives Marketing Administrator; and Larry Stebbins, Mayor of Savanna. Pictured from left, back row are: John Scott, Jo-Carroll Energy, Inc. Energy Advisor; Jean Jones, SHS Treasurer; State Senator Mike Jacobs; Gene Wright, SHS Board Member; Carol Wright, SHS Board Member; and Keith Brown, SHS Vice-President.

Museum saves $1,200 a month with geothermal system

A $44,758 GeoAlliance grant was recently presented to the Savanna Museum and Cultural Center, Savanna, to help in funding the installation of a geothermal heat pump heating and cooling system. The grant program is funded by the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF) and administered by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC). The purpose of the grant program is ...Read More

Consumer energy efficiency tax credit extended

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 passed by Congress on January 3 provides extensions of energy tax credit provisions for homeowners seeking energy-efficiency improvements. Under section 25C, homeowners can claim a $500 maximum tax credit to cover material costs of energy-efficient upgrades to existing homes for all taxable years. The credit is only redeemable if the upgrades are in ...Read More

U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.), right, NRECA CEO-designate, meets with 2011 Rural Electric Youth Tour students from the Show Me State outside House chambers at the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Emerson named as next NRECA CEO

During its Winter Board Meeting on December 3, 2012, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Board of Directors announced that U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) will assume the role of NRECA CEO effective March 1. Emerson, who will become the fifth CEO in NRECA’s 71-year history, will officially join the ­organization on February 11. NRECA Board President Mike Guidry ...Read More

Illinois Wind for Schools accepting applications

Now in its second year, the Illinois Wind for Schools (ILWFS) program is accepting applications from highly motivated middle school and high school teachers in Illinois public school districts. Three to five middle and/or high schools are selected each academic year as ILWFS partner schools for intensive support through on-site teacher training and classroom resources. Those who are sincerely interested ...Read More

Ameren PPI CEOs

Ameren President & CEO meets with Prairie Power Board

Richard J. Mark, the new President & CEO of Ameren Illinois, met with Jay Bartlett, President & CEO of Prairie Power, Inc., the ­generation and transmission co-op’s board of directors and Duane Noland, President & CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives on December 11 at PPI’s headquarters in Jacksonville. Both Mark and Bartlett agreed there were opportunities for ...Read More

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IEMA updates ‘Ready Illinois’ website

The state’s website for community and individual ­information disaster ­preparedness is now even easier to use. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) launched an updated Ready Illinois website ( to help connect people with information they need to be prepared for many types of emergencies. “The Ready Illinois website is a ‘one-stop shop’ for information on what to do before, ...Read More

EXTRA – Top 10 CRN tips for energy savings

Electric cooperative members who made energy efficiency a New Year’s resolution can score success in 2013 by changing a few things at home.  “Saving energy does not have to cost a lot of money,” said Brian Sloboda, senior program manager at NRECA’s Cooperative Research Network. “There are a lot of simple things you can do that will begin to pay ...Read More

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Water cooperatives merge to improve cost

In September the members of Lincoln Prairie Water Company of Shelbyville agreed to merge with EJ Water Cooperative. The merger helps Lincoln Prairie members avoid a pending 9 percent rate increase plus 3 percent rate increases over the next two years. “They will actually have a slight rate decrease to match the water rate of EJ’s,” says EJ Water CEO Bill ...Read More

Pictured on the front row from left are Roxy Theatre manager Camice Barker, ­committee members Gwyn Helton, Carol Cole, and Brad Jiter, Shelby Electric employee Vicki Blackwell, CoBank representative John Donner, Shelby Electric employee Bev Carlen. Surrounding them are employees of Shelby Electric Cooperative.

Co-op donates to community theatre

  With a $10,000 donation from Shelby Electric Cooperative and CoBank, the Roxy Theatre in Shelbyville raised the money needed for its digital conversion. With the industry making fewer and fewer 35 mm movies, theaters had to change to digital equipment or close. “We needed to raise $65,000 to $70,000 for the conversion,” said Roxy committee member Gwyn Helton. “The donation ...Read More

Wind Farm

School district to see increased revenue from wind farm

The Paxton-Buckley-Loda School District should see a $1 million increase in revenue thanks to construction of the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm east of Paxton. That means property tax bills for homeowners should see a savings next summer. All of the 94 turbines owned by the wind farm are in the school district boundaries and valued at $215,000 each. Southern Illinois ...Read More