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Route 66 gets electric car charging stations

A portion of historic Route 66 will soon be getting a network of electric vehicle charging stations. This will allow drivers of all-electric cars to drive the 300 mile stretch from Lake Michigan to the Mississippi River near St. Louis and not worry about running out of juice. Maybe this will spark a new way of traveling the Mother Road ...Read More

Duane Noland (right) testified a year ago at an EPA ­listening session. Since then 1.2 million co-op members also voiced their concern about the regulations impact on the affordability of electricity.

Thank you for telling the EPA what you think

Thank you. More than 1.2 million comments from electric cooperative members like you, and from across the United States, were submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in opposition to the agency’s proposed rules that would limit the use of coal, our most abundant and affordable energy source, in both new and existing plants. Dec. 1 was the last ...Read More

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Winter heating assistance available through LIHEAP

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is ­taking applications for winter ­heating assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Clients must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance, including: • Proof of gross income from all household members for the 30-day income period ­beginning with the date of the application. • A copy of their ...Read More

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Power reserve shortfall predicted for 2016

In a report to the U.S. House of Representative’s Committee on Energy and Commerce, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) President and CEO John Bear warned that the eleven states in the MISO region could see a two-gigawatt ­shortage in reserve electric margins in 2016. MISO serves all of Illinois except for the Chicago area. In the winter of 2013-2014, extreme ...Read More

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New Illinois landfill gas plant added to co-op energy source

Wabash Valley Power Association, an electric generation and transmission (G&T) cooperative, has added another landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) generating plant to its power supply portfolio. The Clinton facility is located in DeWitt County, Illinois, and marks the 15th project for the G&T, which serves 25 electric cooperatives including three in Illinois. The purchase of this 3.2-megawatt (MW) plant brings the G&T’s ...Read More

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Corn Belt Energy Youth Tour participant wins nationwide grant contest

Corn Belt Energy CEO Don Taylor announced that Kaelan Smith from Clinton won a nationwide ­student ­service project grant contest. With the $500 grant, Smith will organize and host an autism awareness fair. The grant program was coordinated in partnership with ­generationOn, a global youth service organization. “Students are our beacon of hope for the future,” Don Taylor said. “For ...Read More

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Touchstone Energy co-ops raise $4,000 for charities

Shelby Electric Cooperative (SEC) once again helped coordinate the 5th annual Touchstone Energy Hot Air Balloonfest at Lake Shelbyville held in conjunction with Shelbyville Scarecrow Daze. “By combining these two events, we bring people to Shelbyville that may not otherwise find a reason and it helps our local economy and area businesses,” said Scarecrow Daze Organizer Brenda Elder who represents ...Read More

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Men in pink hard hats seen at electric co-ops

There’s nothing tougher than a lineman. But almost everyone has been impacted by breast cancer at some level, and it wasn’t tough to get many linemen at electric co-ops across the state to wear pink hard hats ­during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative’s employees below participated in several breast cancer awareness initiatives during the month.

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Illinois farmers help schools promote hands-on learning

Fourteen Illinois school districts have received $170,000 in grants this year from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. The ­program partners with farmers to support rural public school districts with innovative approaches to teaching math and science. The funding is utilized to prepare students for a wider range of career prospects in an increasingly technology-driven workforce. ...Read More

Hoosier Energy inks wind deal in Illinois

When Hoosier Energy, an Indiana-based generation and transmission cooperative, wanted renewable energy assets they could add to their generation portfolio quickly, they looked to their neighbors in Illinois to help make it happen. The 100-megawatt Rail Splitter Wind Farm in Illinois will be sending 25 percent of its output onto co-op lines before the end of the year. The power ...Read More