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Hoosier Energy tapping into coal bed methane source

Hoosier Energy, an Indiana generation and transmission cooperative that that serves 18 distribution co-ops in Indiana and Illinois will soon be one of the first to generate power using coal bed methane. No mining or scrubbing is needed and the release of carbon dioxide is cut in half. Methane is produced by bacteria in coal […]

Majority of Americans aware of light bulb phase out

With the federal phase out set to commence on Jan. 1, 2012, the fourth annual SYLVANIA Socket Survey found that for the first time since the study‘s inception in 2008, a majority of Americans (55 percent) said they are aware of 2007 congressional legislation that will phase-out most standard incandescent light bulbs. “We‘re encouraged by […]

Consumer habit and trends

• A vast majority (87 percent) of respondents still use incandescent bulbs in their homes, but 53 percent plan to switch to a new technology, such as CFLs, LEDs or halogen, after the 100-watt is eliminated this January 2012. • Within the past year, the majority of consumers have evaluated the types of lighting options […]

Include animals in your disaster preparedness plan

Do you have a severe weather response plan that covers not only your family but also your animals? For example, microchipping your pet now can be a lifesaver if your pet is separated from you during a natural disaster. If your animal is sometimes boarded or stabled away from your home, make sure the business […]

Peoria conference will focus on geothermal energy

Downtown Peoria will be home for the second annual Illinois Geothermal Conference on February 28-29, 2012. The conference is sponsored by the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois. The best in the geothermal industry in Illinois and nationally will converge upon the Peoria Civic Center for two days of training and networking. Training tracks will be held […]

USDA and Illinois co-ops work on job development

In October Jo-Carroll Energy and Coles-Moultrie Electric Cooperative were selected to receive funds from USDA Rural Development to help the rural communities in their service areas create jobs and build regional economies. “This funding requires recipients to use collaborative efforts and regional approaches to address local needs,” said Colleen Callahan, state direct for USDA Rural […]

Students tour co-op wind turbine in Brown County

Some Western Illinois University students recently had the opportunity to tour a new wind turbine in Brown County, thanks to the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) Wind Energy Program. According to the IIRA, which is housed at WIU, 12 students — whose areas of major study include renewable energy and wind technology in WIU’s […]