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IDNR Offers Assistance for Private Forest LandownersKill the Energy VampiresSomewhere Over the Rainbow…Learn How to Cut Your Energy CostsCooperatives’ Public Service Awards Given to Demuzio, Brauer

IDNR Offers Assistance for Private Forest Landowners

Private forest landowners may soon be heeding the call of a growing wood demand. In order to do so, forest landowners will need to focus some effort toward sustaining their land for potential harvest and re-harvesting. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) offers an assistance program for the 169,000 forest landowners to produce sustainable and economically stable rural forests.

Demand for wood is expected to increase about 25 percent in the next 25 years and the demand is shifting to non-industrial private forestlands.

About 90 percent of Illinois forest land is privately owned. Of those landowners, more than 80 percent haven’t received professional forestry management assistance according to the IDNR.

The Illinois forestry assistance program is designed to help forest landowners maintain ecological processes, achieve land management objectives and to encourage landowners to become good land stewards.

Some qualified landowners may also be eligible for the department’s Forestry Development Cost Share Program. The cost share program can reimburse eligible landowners for a portion of the costs for various land management practices such as tree planting plans, reforestation, firebreaks and more. Eligibility requirements and application forms can be found on the IDNR Web site at

Specific questions and inquiries can be handled by a district forester. Find your district forester online at

Visit the IDNR Web site for more information at or visit the University of Illinois Extension Web site on forestry at

Kill the Energy Vampires

Tonight when the sun goes down look around your house. You’ll see blue and orange twinkling lights. These represent just some of the energy vampires in your home, electronic devices that suck power as you sleep. If it charges a battery, or converts current, which is anything with a power adapter brick as part of the cord, then it is probably using electricity even when you are not using the device.

The Department of Energy estimates that by 2010 appliances in standby mode will be responsible for 20 percent of the average utility bill. You can stop some of this blood letting by unplugging rechargeable items once they are charged. For computers, printers and other electronics that convert current with a power brick on the cord, you can plug them into a surge suppression power strip, and flip the switch on the strip when the device is not in use. If you can’t power down your computer, check the power management settings. You could save up to $75 a year just by better managing your computer’s energy use, according to the Department of Energy.

Check out the power use of that new flat screen TV you bought. You might be surprised at how much it uses. There are a lot of other items in your home that add up to your total energy bill, and often they are using energy whether you flip a switch or not. Find out more ways to save energy from your local electric cooperative.


Somewhere Over the Rainbow…

RainbowThis photo was taken by Farmers Mutual Electric Company’s Board Member Tom Zwica. The outage on July 21 was caused by a windstorm that blew through Henry County damaging an Ameren transmission line feeding the co-op’s substation between Atkinson and Geneseo. Zwica is an avid photographer and specializes in aerial photography. He says, “The rainbow picture was just being in the right place at the right time.”




Learn How to Cut Your Energy Costs

In September and again in October you can learn how to save energy in your home or business. The Illinois Energy Education Council will host five “Energy Solutions Workshops” throughout Illinois during September. In addition, the Association of Professional Energy Consultants will have a conference and expo titled “Financial Incentives for Energy Efficiency” Oct. 2-3 in Bloomington.

The Energy Education Council’s Energy Solutions Workshop is tailored for businesses and is a comprehensive day-long workshop covering a wide range of resources to help organizations understand their options for undertaking efficiency upgrade projects. Participants will learn about top efficiency recommendations, business energy programs, new incentive programs and other financial resources as well as what’s on the horizon in renewable energy.

The Energy Education Council’s workshops will be: Sept. 9 in Quincy, Sept. 10 in Springfield, Sept. 11 in Mt. Vernon, Sept. 16 in Morris and Sept. 17 in Moline. For more information or to register go to, or contact Valerie Cheatham, 217-546-6815.

The Association of Professional Energy Consultants’ Conference and Expo will offer presentations on the newly developed financial incentives available to Illinois residential, commercial, industrial and public consumers as well as provide exhibits of the latest in energy efficient technologies. The conference and expo will be at the Parke Hotel and Convention Center in Bloomington.

In addition to the new financial programs, energy presentations are planned on how geothermal heating/cooling operates, thermal imaging services for residential and commercial consumers, new lighting technologies and energy management systems.

For additional information contact Julie Elzanati, President of the APEC Central Illinois Chapter, 309-268-8160, or contact Don McGee, 217-243-2110.

Cooperatives’ Public Service Awards Given to Demuzio, Brauer

Rich Brauer


State Senator Deanna Demuzio told electric cooperative leaders to continue to keep her informed about issues important to electric co-op members. State Representative Rich Brauer encouraged the co-op leaders to stay involved. “The world is run by people that show up. It is important to participate,” he said.

State Senator Deanna Demuzio (D-Carlinville , 49th District) and Representative Rich Brauer (R-Petersburg, 100th District) received the 2008 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Awards at the AIEC 67th annual meeting held Aug.1 in Springfield. The awards were given in recognition of their dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and for outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program.

Among her committee assignments, Sen. Demuzio serves as chairperson of the State Government and Veterans Affairs Committee, and as vice-chairperson of the Education Committee. She is also a member of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee as well as the Senate Committee on Commerce and Economic Development. Demuzio is a past small-business owner and education curriculum planner and has been a dedicated volunteer within the community.

“The Demuzio name is synonymous with outstanding public service and advocacy on behalf of rural Illinois and electric cooperatives,” said former State Senator Duane Noland, who currently serves as President and CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives.

Rep. Brauer is a sixth generation family farmer and a lifelong resident of the 100th District. He has served in the House of Representatives since 2003 and is the Republican Spokesperson for the House Drivers Education and Safety Committee. Among his other committee assignments, he serves on the House committees on Appropriations-General Service, Appropriations-Higher Education, Financial Institutions, Personal and Pensions, Registration and Regulation, Transportation and Motor Vehicles, Environmental Health, and Licenses and Registration.

“Rich has been a champion for family farmers, rural Illinois and cooperatives in the General Assembly. He helped pass legislation to combat copper theft, which is a big concern of our electric co-ops,” Noland said.



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