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Cooperative leaders visit with Congressman Enyart

Leaders of electric cooperatives in Southern Illinois met with Congressman Bill Enyart (D-12) to discuss issues impacting co-ops and their member-owners on Monday.  Congressman Enyart is serving in his first term in Congress and serves on the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture and U.S. House Armed Services Committee.  Pictured are: ...Read More

Dairyland Power held 72nd annual meeting

Approximately 600 electric cooperative leaders and guests attended Dairyland Power Cooperative’s 72nd annual meeting at the La Crosse Center earlier today. Dan Korn, Chairman of the Board and director representing Vernon Electric Cooperative, presided over the meeting. The theme of the meeting was Power with Purpose, referring to Dairyland’s mission ...Read More

Successful Forestry School held

Mike Dirksen, a certified arborist with City Water Light and Power of Springfield was one of five instructors that provided hands-on training in proper pruning, key cuts, felling, tree hazards, rigging, tree rescue, and identifying and understanding growth rates and characteristics of different trees. Also, teaching a the week-long school ...Read More

Linemen practice pole top rescue using new fall restriction belt

Linemen are required to annually train for pole top rescues. In this picture taken by Ken Macken, Lineman Jamison Holthaus from McDonough Power Cooperative prepares to do a pole top rescue using the new Bucksqueeze fall restriction belt. “Many linemen are choosing to use the Bucksqueeze as it will keep ...Read More

Happy Memorial Day

The AIEC wants to wish you a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Please take some time this weekend to remember those who protect our freedoms. This photo was taken at the home of Vernon Mohesky, Clinton County Director.

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