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How to dispose of batteries

Truth be told, those old used up disposable alkaline batteries (AA, AAA, C, D, 9-volt, etc.) aren’t the environmental menace they used to be before the federal government mandated taking out the mercury as part of the Mercury-Containing and Rechargeable Battery Management Act of 1996. These days, in every U.S. state except California (which requires recycling of all spent batteries), ...Read More

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Dairyland Power Cooperative adds to renewable energy portfolio

Dairyland Power Cooperative is ­expanding its commit­ment to ­renewable resources with the ­purchase of output from Sartell Hydro, a hydroelectric ­generation station located on the Mississippi River in Sartell, Minn. Dairyland Power ­provides wholesale electricity to 25 member distribution ­cooperatives and 17 municipal utilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Dairyland Power has a long-term power purchase agreement with Eagle ...Read More

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Co-op leader Warren Goetsch promoted

Warren Goetsch has been promoted to Chief of Staff for the Illinois Department of Agriculture after long service as Bureau Chief of Environmental Programs. Goetsch has also been a director of Menard Electric Cooperative in Petersburg since 1987, and a director of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives since 2000 and is currently serving as Secretary of the AIEC.

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Co-ops to build more community solar projects

Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative, Winchester, was the first in the state to build a 500 kilowatt ­community solar facility. Following that ­project Jo-Carroll Energy, Elizabeth, announced the completion of a ­community solar project of 456 solar panels, each with a capacity of 275 watts. In March, Prairie Power, Inc. announced plans for two 500 kilowatt community solar projects, one to be ...Read More

Illinois board member part of national leadership team

Two electric cooperative CEOs and a director will ­comprise the new leadership of the NRECA Board for the next two years. The new NRECA Board leader­ship team is President Mel Coleman, Vice President Phil Carson and Secretary-Treasurer Curtis Wynn. Carson is a board director for Tri-County Electric Cooperative and the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. “This is a partnership,” Coleman ...Read More


Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day held in Springfield

Students from across Illinois met with their legislative represen­tatives during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, March 25 in Springfield. More than 250 students from around Illinois had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, view state government in action and question their legislators on key issues. While touring the Capitol complex, students were invited into ...Read More

Final geothermal energy grant will save Macomb church

A $50,000 GeoAlliance grant was presented in February to the First Baptist Church of Macomb. The grant will help offset the cost of the highly energy efficient geothermal heating and cooling system that was recently installed in the church’s new fellowship hall. Although the grant program is now closed, GeoAlliance was a collaboration between the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives ...Read More


Free co-op conference available for youth leaders

Each June, the Illinois Cooperative Council (ICC) hosts a two-day youth conference for high school FFA members from across the state to increase awareness of cooperatives. This event, to be held June 4-5 on the Macomb campus of Western Illinois University, provides leadership development opportunities for future cooperative leaders. Each year, approximately 75 students attend and learn how cooperatives began ...Read More

Electric cars could help co-ops control peaks

Many electric co-ops can already turn off a member’s air conditioning and hot water heater to reduce peak demand and save money. The next step in load control could involve electric cars. That idea is already in the works. Eight automakers, the Electric Power Research Institute and 15 utilities are teaming up to develop a ­communications platform to allow electric ...Read More

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Copper thieves cut co-op poles

Copper thieves have come up with a new and costly way to get what they want from an Illinois electric cooperative: cutting down poles. “It began with just a couple of isolated poles, and then it began to spread throughout our territory into parts of three different counties. Before we knew it, we had more than 25 poles that were ...Read More