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EPA to tighten regulations on new wood stoves

Some consider wood a renewable energy resource. And for many people, especially those living in rural areas, wood stoves are an important source of heat. Unfortunately, it is going to become more expensive to buy a new wood stove due to proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations. About 11.5 million U.S. homes use wood for heat. […]

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Craig Costello (center), a volunteer for the Land of Lincoln Honor Flight, agrees with Will Rogers who said, “We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by.”

Honoring our heroes from the Land of Lincoln

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 640 WWII veterans die each day. The mission of the Honor Flight Network is to transport, free of charge, America’s veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit those memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices. “The Land of Lincoln Honor Flight team is taking applications in […]

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Dairyland Power, a generation and transmission cooperative serving co-ops in Illinois and three other states, ­continues to diversify its power supply options by adding more solar power from facilities like this one in Galena, Ill. The co-op’s energy mix resources include coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, biomass, landfill gas, animal waste and solar.

Solar added to co-op’s energy supply mix

Dairyland Power, which serves the Illinois ­cooperative Jo-Carroll Energy, has signed an agreement with Minnesota-Three, LLC, to purchase the renewable energy produced by a planned large solar facility, to be located north of Rochester, Minn. The new solar installation will be 517 kilowatts (kW), and could produce enough energy to power nearly 60 homes. Bill […]

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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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