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Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Oklahoma Relief Fund for individuals affected by the tornadoes

The Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives announces the creation of the “Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Oklahoma Relief Fund” to assist individuals in electric cooperative service areas who were affected by the May 17 – 20, 2013 tornadoes. To make a donation or contribution, please use one of the methods shown below: ...Read More

Champion and Weber receive Brand Champion Awards

Two of Illinois’ very own were recognized for their exceptional efforts in making the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives® brand come alive and delivering real value to their members. Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative President/CEO David Champion and Jo-Carroll Energy Manager of Member Relations and Marketing Heidi Weber were both recipients of this ...Read More

Bennett Named Executive Vice President/General Manager of SIEC

Chris L. Bennett has been named Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative’s (SIEC) next Executive Vice President/General Manager by the Board of Directors. He will assume the responsibilities of this position effective July 12. Bennett has worked in the electric cooperative business since 1975 and specifically with SIEC since 1992 as Director ...Read More

Prairie State Generating Company celebrates first year

Prairie State Generating Company celebrated its inaugural meeting May 2 at the Lively Grove energy campus that includes a state of the art 1,600-megawatt generating facility and coal mine. The facility is owned by nine member owners, including Southern Illinois Power Cooperative and Prairie Power, Inc, which are both not-for-profit, ...Read More

Underground Residential Distribution classes at the AIEC Hot Line School Grounds

The Underground Residential Distribution course is currently being offered at the Lincoln Land Community College AIEC Hot Line School Grounds. It is a one-week course. Advanced URD component beginning on May 20 includes a URD locator course and trenching and shoring seminar. There are currently eleven students enrolled in the ...Read More

Illinois Rural solar ground breaking

Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative held a ground breaking for its 500 kilowatt solar facility which is being built south of Winchester on Illinois Highway 106, next to one of the substations that serves the cooperative’s 7,800 members. The complete solar array will cover four acres. At full capacity, it could ...Read More

Jo-Carroll, Farmers Mutual Complete Merger

Two electric cooperatives in northwest Illinois have merged to serve a combined 21,372 electric members. Elizabeth, Ill.-based Jo-Carroll Energy and Geneseo, Ill.-based Farmers Mutual Electric—the state's oldest electric cooperative—completed the merger on March 31. The integrated cooperative will operate as Jo-Carroll Energy, a 100-percent CFC borrower. The newly joined system ...Read More

Carson meets with Rep. Shimkus

Phil Carson, (left) Vice President of the Tri-County Electric Cooperative Board of Directors, and Duane Noland, (right) President/CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives met with Congressman John Shimkus (R-15) in April. They discussed national and local energy issues as well as other issues impacting rural Illinois. Shimkus serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the ...Read More

High Satisfaction for Co-op Members

The latest numbers from the American Customer Satisfaction Index show that the phrase "the cooperative difference" is real. ACSI annually surveys around 70,000 consumers to get their attitudes toward more than 200 companies. Touchstone Energy® member co-ops scored an 83 in the first quarter of 2013, part of ACSI's report ...Read More

Retired AIEC Employee Bikes from Louisiana to Illinois

Retired AIEC Member Services Rep Don Van Houten, recently dropped by Southern Illinois Electric Cooperative as he was riding his bicycle from Hammond, LA. Don is an outstanding athlete. At 68 years old, he has completed 56 marathons and walked the Appalachian Trail. When he arrives home in Springfield, he ...Read More