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Give your home an energy score

The Energy Department announced on Jan. 9, its first major software update to the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Department’s Building Technologies Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). The Home Energy Score allows homebuyers to compare homes on an “apples-to-apples” basis and ­provides recommendations for energy ­efficiency improvements. In addition, homeowners and […]

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Mortgage help for struggling Illinois homeowners

Governor Pat Quinn launched the Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network (IFPN) in 2012 to create a one-stop resource where Illinois residents can access the tools they need to avoid ­foreclosure. The Network ­coordinates the efforts of many state and non-profit agencies working to connect struggling homeowners with support and brings those services under one umbrella. IFPN […]

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Energy prices depend on the energy mix

All of us understand that diversity, not putting all your eggs in one basket, is a good way to manage risk and ­moderate economic bad news. When it comes to energy and electricity prices electric cooperative leaders believe this same basic principle holds true. We should have an all of the above energy mix, invest […]

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Congressman Kinzinger honored for public service

At a meeting in December at the offices of Corn Belt Energy in Bloomington, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Manteno, 16th District) received the 2013 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Rep. Kinzinger’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the […]

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Scams keeping co-ops on alert

Scammers continue to target electric cooperative ­members in several states, using a variety of schemes including one where a man looks like he might work at the co-op. That’s occurring in Paintsville, Ky.-based Big Sandy RECC’s service area, where officials say someone has been approaching members, requesting money under threat of disconnection. In neighboring Tennessee, […]

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Gulley new CEO for Southern Illinois Power Cooperative

The Southern Illinois Power Cooperative board of directors recently named Donald L. Gulley as its next CEO. Gulley began his duties at year-end, upon the retirement of Tim Reeves, SIPC’s long-serving CEO. Marion-based SIPC is the generation and transmission cooperative for seven distribution cooperatives and two wholesale customers in southern Illinois. “Born and raised in […]

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Co-ops start Philippines typhoon relief fund

To help bring the power back after Typhoon Haiyan, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) has launched a fund-raising campaign for the Philippines. There are 119 electric cooperatives in this nation, and at least 30 have been affected. NRECA International and several of our member co-ops have a longstanding relationship with the electric co-ops […]

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