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Hannah recognized by Illinois Cooperative Council

Jacqueline Hannah, General Manager of Common Ground Food Cooperative, Urbana, was ­presented with the 2014 Illinois Cooperative Council’s (ICC) Outstanding Cooperative Manager Award on Monday, Jan. 13. Presenting Hannah (right) with the Illinois Cooperative Council’s Outstanding Manager Award, is ICC Chair Nancy Rhoads McDonald. Hannah also recently became the Co-op Development Specialist with the national Food Co-op Initiative www.foodcoopinitiative.coop. The ...Read More

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Community solar project opened at Jo-Carroll Energy

This year could be a tremendous year for community solar system development. “The biggest trend for solar at utilities is community solar,” says Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) Senior Research Manager Becky Campbell, co-author of the report “Expanding Solar Access Through Utility-led Community Solar.” Community solar is a shared renewable ­program that allows co-op members to share the benefits of ...Read More

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USDA Rural Development supports Illinois jobs

USDA Rural Development has made investments to help 493 rural businesses in Illinois thrive and grow. USDA invests in everything from advanced biofuels manufacturing ­facilities to food hubs to help businesses, many of them small, ­capitalize on emerging markets for rural-made products. USDA Rural Development’s goal is to promote a dynamic business environment and create oppor­tunities for rural employment. It ...Read More

Soon this factory floor at IHI Turbo America in Shelbyville will have new equipment and 30 new employees making turbochargers for Audi. Inspecting the new addition are Josh Shallenberger, COO Shelby Electric Cooperative; John Schuessler, General Manager IHI Turbo America; James Coleman, President/CEO Shelby Electric; Mike Price, Controller IHI Turbo; and Aaron Ridenour, Marketing & Business Development Prairie Power, Inc.

Shelby Electric Cooperative helps fund new jobs with USDA loan

IHI Turbo America is adding production to their ­current automotive and marine parts manufacturing, adding 30 new jobs at the Shelbyville plant in 2015. The expansion was made possible with a $2 million loan through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development program to Shelby Electric Cooperative. The new assembly line is expected to be installed in January with full ...Read More

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Military and veteran students to get academic credits for military training

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, in ­cooperation with the Illinois Community College Board, several community colleges, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and MyCreditsTransfer, recently completed a collaborative project to grant veteran and military students appropriate academic credit for the education and training they gained in military service. In this “Making Military Training Count” initiative, the College of DuPage, ...Read More

Presenting a $50,000 grant check at the Ball-Chatham School Board meeting, from right are David Stuva, President/CEO of Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative, and Nancy McDonald, Marketing Administrator for Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives. Accepting the grant are Board President Rick Petermeyer, Superintendent Carrie Hruby, and Nate Fretz, Chief School Business Official.

Glenwood Schools receive geothermal rebates

At the Ball-Chatham School Board meeting on Nov. 24, the ­district received an energy efficiency grant check for $50,000 for a new geothermal heating and cooling ­system for Glenwood Middle School. The grant was obtained by Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC), through the GeoAlliance program. GeoAlliance is a collaboration between the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) in Springfield and ...Read More

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NERC says EPA plan raises reliability concerns

Increased dependence on natural gas and renewable energy ­generation carry significant new infrastructure requirements. New wind and solar energy to meet the shortfall from fossil ­generation shutdowns under the proposed ne EPA regulation will demand ­additional transmission lines, like those in this photo, to access ­renewable resources in remote areas. New transmission lines for ­renewable energy and pipelines for natural ...Read More

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HomE 3.0 energy efficiency incentives available now through your cooperative

Since mid-2010, more than $3.5 million in incentive dollars have gone to Illinois electric cooperative members making home energy efficiency upgrades through a series of HomE (pronounced “home E”) rebate incentives. The HomE incentives will continue in early 2015, with about $400,000 available to cooperative ­members. Funding is available for geothermal heat pumps, qualifying air source heat pumps, insulation and ...Read More

Crews from Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative arrived at the scene seconds after this Volvo collided with a Humvee on an Illinois road.

Illinois linemen rescue crash victims

Driving the roads of rural Illinois co-op employees are often the first on the scene of an accident. That’s when their safety training and ­willingness to help can save lives. In November three members of an electric cooperative line crew began their work week by ­helping the ­victims of a head-on collision. Seconds after a Humvee driven by the daughter ...Read More

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National water use at lowest levels since before 1970

Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in nearly 45 years. According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010. This represents a 13 percent reduction of water use from 2005 when about 410 Bgal/d were withdrawn and the lowest ...Read More