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Electric Co-ops by the NumbersThomas H. Moore - Illinois Co-op Leader and Communicator PassesElectric Co-ops Purchase Illinois Power PlantStudent-Built Vehicle Breaks Record With 2,843 mpg PerformanceNear to Slightly Warmer Than Normal Temperatures in JuneNoland Tells Youth Day Students to Voice Concerns

Electric Co-ops by the Numbers

864 distribution and 66 G&T cooperatives serve:

  • 40 million people in 47 states
  • 17.5 million businesses, homes, schools, churches, farms, irrigation systems and other establishments in 2,500 of 3,141 counties in the U.S. (80 percent of the nation’s counties)
  • 12 percent of the nation's population
  • To perform their mission, electric cooperatives:
  • Own assets worth $100 billion
  • Own and maintain 2.5 million miles, or 42 percent, of the nation’s electric distribution lines, covering three quarters of the nation's landmass
  • Deliver 10 percent of the total kilowatt hours sold in the U.S. each year
  • Generate nearly 5 percent of the total electricity produced in the U.S. each year
  • Employ 67,000 people in the U. S.
  • Retire more than $500 million in capital credits annually
  • Pay more than $1.2 billion in state and local taxes


Thomas H. Moore - Illinois Co-op Leader and Communicator Passes

Thomas H. Moore, 79, retired Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in Springfield died at home on April 30, 2008.

Moore graduated with a B.A. in journalism with minors in history and English honors. His appreciation of education and writing was a natural gift from his mother who traveled on horseback to teach in rural schools. Writing became the backbone of his life’s work and his letters to family and friends over the years were treasured gifts. No doubt, many who knew him have tucked away these words of wisdom as keepsakes from a man whose words were always delivered in fairness and of a kind spirit.

He served as Director of Member and Public Relations for Arkansas Electric Cooperatives in Little Rock from 1957-1961, and then relocated to Illinois to become President/CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) in Springfield, where he served for 32 ½ years.

As an Illinois co-op leader, he used his journalism skills and much of his time to communicate with directors and local cooperative leaders. He not only took his message to the people around the state by holding tent meetings, but he often traveled to Washington, D.C. to lobby members of Congress on behalf of co-op members. His commitment to the membership and the rural electric cause is exemplified by his missing only two of 384 board meetings during his career.

“Mr. Moore was a very fine individual. His dedication and talent made him an extremely effective leader and advocate for co-ops and their consumer-members, both in Illinois and in the nation,” says Don Wood, Vice President of Government Relations for the AIEC.

He received the Clyde T. Ellis Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon professionals in the rural electrification program. Moore was the first from Illinois to receive the honor. The award recognizes outstanding accomplishments and service to electric cooperatives and efforts at increasing the public understanding of electric cooperatives.

Tom Moore was a devoted son, husband, father and grandfather whose dedication to the happiness and well being of his family never wavered. His strong sense of family values and his work ethic were magnified by the discipline and strong sense of loyalty that he acquired over a lifetime of hard work. It was no surprise to anyone that he said his most gratifying work was in helping people, as he gave freely the gift of his time and attention and never turned anyone away. He strived to help people come to agreement because, he said, “people don’t always see the solution in the same way.”

Mr. Moore, as he was known, personified the co-op principles of member communication and cooperation among cooperatives.

Electric Co-ops Purchase Illinois Power Plant

Hoosier Energy and Wabash Valley Power, Indiana-based electric cooperative power suppliers serving several Illinois electric co-ops, have taken steps to purchase a 627-megawatt combined cycle power plant near Beecher City, Ill., for approximately $383 million. Contingent on financing, regulatory approvals and other due diligence considerations, the two power supply cooperatives would take equal partner ownership of the Holland Energy LLC natural gas-fired, combined-cycle plant in January 2009.

The facility will increase the reliability of electric supply and help manage costs for cooperative members.

Hoosier Energy President/CEO Steve Smith says, “The Holland Energy facility will serve as a reliable, competitively priced source of power for our electric cooperatives in Indiana and Illinois. It will add to our fuel diversity and complement our existing coal and natural gas-fueled power plants.”

Wabash Valley Power President/CEO Rick Coons cited the value of Holland Energy to the more than 350,000 homes, farms businesses and industries it serves. “This purchase allows us to own generation for about $610 per kilowatt. That compares to between $900 and $1,000 per kilowatt if we were to construct a similar plant from the ground up. It’s a tremendous opportunity for us.”

Power from the Holland plant is delivered into the power grid controlled by the Midwest Independent System Operator over 345-kilovolt transmission lines owned by Ameren of Illinois.

A combined cycle generating unit consists of one or more combustion turbines and one or more boilers with a portion of the required energy input to the boilers provided by the exhaust gas of the combustion turbines. The units deliver higher fuel efficiency than simple-cycle combustion turbine units.

Student-Built Vehicle Breaks Record With 2,843 mpg Performance

Mater Dei High School of Evansville, Ind., set a new mileage record at the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas, a challenge to design, build and test fuel-efficient prototype vehicles that travel the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel. The team’s combustion-engine prototype vehicle achieved an astonishing 2,843.4 miles per gallon.

Mark Singer, Global Project Manager for the Shell Eco-marathon says, “Students participating in this competition are the brains of the future, stretching the boundaries of fuel efficiency and providing solutions to the global energy challenge.”

The 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas welcomed 32 teams from four high schools and 23 universities from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The entries included 25 vehicles powered by combustion engines, four by fuel cell/hydrogen technology, one by diesel fuel, one by LPG (liquid petroleum gas) and two by solar power. 


Near to Slightly Warmer Than Normal Temperatures in June

After a spring in which temperatures across Illinois averaged near to slightly below normal, forecast models and climate indices point to slightly warmer than average temperatures for portions of the state in June.

Though showing signs of some weakening, a La Nina phase continues to persist, as sea-surface temperatures across the equatorial Pacific remain cooler than normal. Past climate records suggest that in most cases a warm summer will follow a cooler spring during a La Nina pattern across Illinois.

If a stronger La Nina is in place, the summer could be well above normal temperature wise. However, right now it appears that this La Nina will be of weak to moderate intensity and therefore a real hot summer does not look likely.

The NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) is projected to be positive during June, which would further support warmer than average temperatures across mainly eastern and southern parts of the state. Overall, mean temperatures of 1 to 3 degrees above normal are forecasted for east-central Illinois in June.

The rest of the state is likely to see temperatures average closer to normal. Early season energy usage and costs for cooling are forecasted to be close to, or a little above, normal.

The Illinois map this month illustrates the forecasted mean temperature departure from normal for the upcoming summer. As can be seen, Illinois is projected to see mean temperatures that on a whole will average a little warmer than normal during the June through August time period. Cooling costs are also likely to be higher than normal as a result.

Noland Tells Youth Day Students to Voice Concerns

Speaking to this year’s Youth Day students on Thursday, April 9, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives President/CEO and former state senator Duane Noland, said, “There are huge issues being discussed at the State Capitol today. Unfortunately, our state government is not working the way it should. You will find your legislators are really unhappy about all of this because they know the government is not functioning the way it should be. So as you meet with them, if you have a concern or a question about something, share it with them. For example, the state is struggling to fund higher education. Guess what happens? Tuition goes up and it is already expensive. If you are going on to college you might mention to them you are concerned about funding for higher education.”

© 2008 Illinois Country Living Magazine.
Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives

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