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


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 According to a new USGS report, about 355 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the entire United States during 2010. This represents a 13 percent reduction of water use from 2005 when about 410 Bgal/d were withdrawn and the lowest ...Read More

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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


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