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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Email scam targets energy company customers

A nationwide email scam is targeting energy company customers, including some electric cooperative member/owners, by sending bogus invoices directing them to a virus-infected website. The fraudulent billing message tells member/owners their bill is ready and provides a hyperlink to view it. Do not click on the link! Reports say the link takes the person to a site that infects their device... Read More

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New bulb on the block

​There’s a new lighting mascot in town. Meet LED Lucy. CFL Charlie, a cartoon mascot for Touchstone Energy Cooperatives®, the brand “ID” of the nation’s electric cooperatives, helps families become “Super Savers” by switching to energy efficient lightbulbs. In late 2013 he was joined by LED Lucy, a dazzling, spunky mascot lighting the way for even brighter bulb savings. ​Lighting... Read More

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Powering up after a major outage

Thirty-one percent of power outages are triggered by weather.  Lineworkers must battle the elements to find problem areas and restore service as quickly and safely as possible. “We know our member/owners want to know why their lights are out and when they’re coming back on,” shares Alan Schweighart, Vice President of Operations and Engineering at Eastern Illini. “First we must... Read More

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A local retreat…in the Heartland

Nestled on 32-acres of picturesque pastures and woods, the Heartland Spa offers a world class experience, right in our own backyard. Celebrating its 30th year as a leader in the spa and wellness industry, The Heartland Spa and Fitness Resort provides a welcoming, unpretentious, and nurturing environment for guests to relax, unplug and focus on their individual lifestyle goals. A... Read More

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President’s Message – The impact of regulations

We’ve written before about how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed to limit carbon dioxide at new power plants. This is concerning because these regulations, along with the ones EPA has in store for existing plants, have the potential to not only increase your electric bills, but also make everything you buy more expensive. Now is the time for... Read More

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Winter weather causes power outages

UPDATE at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, January 6: We currently have less than 100 outages, all in the southern portion of our service territory. Our crews are working to restore the outages at the places they can safely get to.   As of 7 p.m on Sunday, January 5, we currently have three substations without power, plus a handful of... Read More

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