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Thomas H. Moore – Illinois pioneer of rural electrification

In July of 1961, a young Arkansas firebrand named Thomas H. Moore came to Springfield, full of energy, workaholic-like spirit and a bundle of ideas. He was hired by Illinois electric cooperative leaders to lead the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, a small but growing trade association. Mr. Moore, as he was known by electric […]

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Cooperative Action Network Clean Power Plan update

Last year, many co-op members in Illinois shared their concerns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the agency’s ­proposed “Clean Power Plan.” Over one million Americans did the same at Action.coop and TellEPA.com. While the EPA addressed several co-op ­concerns in its final rule, the new rule unfortunately still has some ­serious flaws. […]

Copper theft is a serious issue and theft of ground wires from a substation like this is extremely expensive, causes outages and creates a serious safety hazard.

Illinois co-ops a part of Metal Theft Task Force

The copper theft scourge has been taking a toll on electric cooperatives for several years, but a new law in Illinois gives the state’s co-ops a role in ­helping fight it. The law, which took effect New Year’s Day, creates the Recyclable Metal Theft Task Force. One seat on the panel is reserved for a […]

The IMEA presented its 2016 Public Service Award to the AIEC. The two consumer-owned utility associations work together to protect the interests of consumer-owned utilities in the state. From the left are AIEC General Counsel Norman Conrad, AIEC President and CEO Duane Noland, IMEA President and CEO Kevin Gaden, Senior Vice President of Government Relations Don Wood and Manager of Government Relations Nick Reitz.

IMEA presents award to Illinois cooperatives

On behalf of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, AIEC President and CEO Duane Noland and Senior Vice President of Government Relations Don Wood accepted the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency’s Public Service Award at the agency’s annual meeting and awards banquet held in Springfield on November 13. The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA) is a […]

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Illinois pioneers of rural electrification

Abram E. “Abe” Becker, ­former manager of Menard Electric Cooperative in Petersburg was selected in 1942 to coordinate activities for the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC), while continuing his duties for the cooperative. As the activities of the AIEC grew, the Petersburg native became its first full-time ­manager and oversaw construction of a new […]

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos receives a golden hard hat and the 2015 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. With Bustos are (l-r) Michael Hastings, President and CEO of Jo-Carroll Energy; David Senn, Chairman of the Jo-Carroll Energy board of directors; Duane Noland, President and CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives and Bill Dodds, President and CEO of Spoon River Electric Cooperative.

Rep. Bustos receives 2015 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award

Leaders from the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, Jo-Carroll Energy and Spoon River Electric Cooperative presented U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-East Moline, 17th Congressional District) with the 2015 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of her dedicated public ­service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for […]

Pictured from left are: Josh Bullock, Lake Land College President, Nancy McDonald, Marketing Administrator, AIEC; Gary Cadwell, Lake Land College Board Chairman; Kim Leftwich, President and CEO, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative; and Sam Adair, Member Services Representative, Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative.

Lake Land College receives $50,000 geothermal grant

Lake Land College recently received a $50,000 GeoAlliance grant to help fund the installation of a highly energy efficient and environmentally friendly geothermal heat pump heating and cooling system in the college’s Northeast Building, which is used for employee offices and student housing. The GeoAlliance geothermal grant program, which is now closed, was funded through […]

Cooperatives congratulate Senate on approving bill to strengthen cybersecurity

Following Senate passage of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) on October 27, Kirk Johnson, senior vice-president of government relations at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, thanked Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chair Diane Feinstein for bipar­tisan leadership on a bill to promote multi­directional voluntary infor­mation sharing by the government and ­businesses […]

Helping dedicate the Prairie Power Spoon River Solar Farm on Friday were nearly 100 students from Astoria. They joined (l-r) Prairie Power Board Chairman Jim Thompson, Interim President/CEO Dan Breden, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, State Rep. Michel Unes and Spoon River Electric Cooperative President/CEO Bill Dodds. The 500 kW solar farm includes a unique interactive learning center that is open to the public. It is located 3 miles northeast of Summum, Ill. along Highway 24.

Illinois electric cooperatives dedicate two solar farms

Prairie Power, Inc., a Springfield, Ill. based generation and transmission cooperative providing wholesale power to ten Illinois electric distribution cooperatives, dedicated two 500 kW solar farms in October. The Spoon River Solar Farm, located between Havana and Astoria on Highway 24, also includes a unique learning center. The Shelby Solar Farm is located along Highway […]

The Carthage, Ill., facility, referred to as Maple Grove Apartments, gives patients with dementia and other cognitive issues a home-like and family-oriented environment with a small number of residents per building and central common areas for socializing and meals.

USDA helps two Illinois co-ops with rural economic development

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in October announced $12.5 million in loans and grants for 39 ­projects that will help rural businesses in 21 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Two of the projects are in Illinois electric ­cooperative territories. “Supporting small, rural businesses helps create jobs and helps promote entrepreneurship,” Vilsack said. “USDA Rural […]