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New broadband system will improve disaster response

Electric cooperatives are closely monitoring the development of a new first responder communications network. Imagine a public safety first responder able to communicate on a dedicated cellular-type nationwide network; ­accessing databases from the field, transferring data and images on demand without delay. During a disaster, com­munications is critical between agencies and other first ­responders like […]

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More senior co-op members using social media

Co-op members over the age of 65 are increasingly using social media, according to the new Touchstone Energy® 2012 National Survey on the Cooperative Difference. Over a three-year period, social media use in that demographic rose from 20 percent to 30 percent. Similarly, among members between 55 to 64, the rate of social media participation […]

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Built on pride and patriotism

Sarah Locke represented Shelby Electric Cooperative on the 2013 Youth to Washington trip, sponsored by the Illinois electric and telephone cooperatives. She was also elected by her peers to represent Illinois on the NRECA Youth Leadership Council. At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives annual meeting in August, Locke told the co-op leaders what the […]

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Illinois utilities cooperate on State Fair Energy Zone

At this year’s Illinois State Fair the Illinois Energy Zone packed a powerful punch with interactive activities, renewable energy displays, youth activities, and giveaways – more than two dozen attractions. Next year’s display will be even bigger and better. The multi-faceted energy experience was provided by the Energy Education Council (EEC) in cooperation with the […]

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