Aaron-PPI---websiteAaron Ridenour, manager of marketing and business development at Prairie Power, Inc., received the Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives Distinguished Service Award during the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Annual Meeting held in New Orleans, La. February 15-21.

The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor bestowed by Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and is presented annually to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the development and success of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives brand at the national level. Ridenour is just the 17th award recipient since the brand’s inception in 1998.

Ridenour was praised for his tireless efforts in working with the national staff as well as always offering a hand to forward the brand to Illinois’ cooperatives. Ridenour’s efforts were critical nationally to the development of SitesAcrossAmerica.com, Touchstone Energy Cooperatives’ Web-based site selection clearinghouse, and the Co-op Connections member benefit program. Ridenour was also praised for his work to develop and promote the Energy Efficiency Wall, which has educated consumers across the country about measures they can take to reduce their energy use.

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives is a branding alliance of more than 740, consumer-owned utilities across the country providing energy solutions and superior service based on four core principles: integrity, accountability, innovation and commitment to community. For more information, visit www.touchstoneenergy.coop.