Currents

The impact of regulations on you

We’ve written before about how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for new and existing power plants have the potential to drive up your electric bills. We’ve also asked that you join other co-op members in making sure the EPA hears your concerns. We need some common sense and concern for ­consumers inserted in the process. We need affordable and ...Read More

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Looking for an energizing job?

Careers In Energy Week, October 13-19, 2014, is a week-long celebration of energy careers for students across the state of Illinois to enjoy. The Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium has been working to coordinate the events in Illinois as part of the nationwide effort by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), which originated the ­celebration to increase public ­awareness of the ...Read More

Electric co-op adds more solar energy resources

Dairyland Power Cooperative is once again expanding its renewable energy resources with the addition of another commercial solar project. The new solar installation will be approximately 520 kilowatts (kW), and could produce enough energy to power nearly 60 homes.“For many years, we have been steadily adding renewable resources to our system while ­balancing reliability and affordability for our members,” said ...Read More

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Standard will lower energy use from external power supplies

A final rule from DOE that imposes new energy standards for external power supplies (EPS) was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 10. The final rule, which goes into effect Feb. 10, 2016, builds upon EPS standards from 2007.DOE estimates the new standards will lead to power savings roughly the equivalent of the annual electricity use of 6.5 million ...Read More

Electricity prices in Illinois likely to increase

Electricity prices are likely going up in Illinois according to Mark Pruitt an energy consultant and ­former Director of the Illinois Power Agency. Pruitt says current prices are ­unsustainable. “Market participants will change how they operate in order to improve profitability,” he says.“In July, Exelon Corp. announced that it would purchase Integrys Energy Services – one of its primary retail ...Read More

Farmers support nonprofits in Illinois

To honor and support the ­tradition of service ­organizations in rural America, the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is ­part­nering with ­farmers to direct $2,500 donations to individual nonprofit ­organizations. The program, which kicked off its fifth year on Aug. 1, ­benefits 1,324 counties across 40 states.Organizations that received ­funding in the past include fire departments, food pantries, ­community groups, and ...Read More

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Rep. Jerry Costello II receives Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award

At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual ­meeting in Springfield on Aug. 1, State Representative Jerry Costello II (D-Smithton, 116th District) received the 2014 Illinois Electric Cooperatives Public Service Award. Presenting the award to Rep. Costello (right), who is a Monroe County Electric Co-Operative member, is Monroe County Electric Board Chairman Larry Kraft (left).“This award is made in recognition ...Read More

Large electric water heaters could be outlawed

Bipartisan legislation that cleared the House March 5 will help save smart grid-enabled electric resistance water heaters, NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson told members of Congress. Without passage of the legislation 55 gallon or larger electric water ­heaters will be banned.“Electric co-ops have a straight­forward mission: to provide reliable electric service to their consumer-owners at the lowest cost ­possible,” Emerson said ...Read More

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EPA proposes update to landfill emission rules

On July 1 the U.S. EPA released an update to 18-year-old standards for air pollution from solid waste landfills. New and modified landfills would be required to use technology to capture two-thirds of their emitted methane and other air pollutants by 2023. Now the EPA is in the public input phase for determining the final rule.Landfills with a capacity of ...Read More

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Learning from Germany’s energy policy mistakes

Energiewende, German for energy transition, is the move by Germany to an energy portfolio dominated by renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable ­development. The final goal is the abolition of coal and other non-renewable energy sources.While many would applaud Germany’s goals, others would say it is an example of what not to do with a nation’s energy policy. It was ...Read More