Saving co-op power by going without it

Why would anyone willingly go without electricity — no air conditioning, fans or lights — on a hot summer day? How about to get a nice break on their bill? That’s what’s happening at Corn Belt Energy, Bloomington, Ill., with a ­program so popular the co-op can’t accommodate everyone who’s interested. Some 2,500 members are on “Rate 11.” From June ...Read More

Investing in rural business through Illinois electric co-ops

The USDA understands that rural electric cooperatives are often leaders in their communities and the importance of economic development to the communities they serve. To invest in infrastructure that will expand opportunity for all Americans, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded organizations in 14 states loans and grants to ­support rural infrastructure, job creation efforts and ­business ­development. Western Illinois Electrical ...Read More

Sen. Righter receives 2014 Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Public Service Award

At the headquarters for Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative in Mattoon on August 28, State Senator Dale Righter (R-Mattoon, 55th District) received the 2014 Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of Sen. Righter’s dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for ­outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program.Sen. Righter has been ...Read More

Energy consumption to inch up

Residential sales of elec­tricity in 2014 are expected to average 2.1 ­percent more than in 2013, ­according to the latest Short-Term Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). In order to meet the growing demand, EIA expects U.S. generation to grow by 1.1 percent from 2013 to an ­average 11,200 gigawatt-hours per day. Natural gas prices have crept ...Read More

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