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Cooperative policy requires members to contact us for approval before installing a distributed generation system. We must ensure the interconnection and parallel operation is safe, reliable, and properly metered. We must also study the feasibility of the installation and, in some cases, apply system upgrades in accordance with our Interconnection and Parallel Operation of Distributed Generation Policy. The policy and associated documents are used by the co-op regardless of the size of the generation system being interconnected.

WIEC has a packet of information for our members to read and an application to sign.  Included in the packet are:

Attachment A – Application for Member-Owned Generation
Attachment B – Agreement for Interconnection & Parallel Operation of Distributed Generation (filled out by WIEC representative)
WIEC Policy 526. – Interconnection & Parallel Operation of Distributed Generation
WIEC Policy 527 –   Net Metering and Cooperative Credit for Excess Member Generated Electric Energy
Prairie Power, Inc. Policy 504 – Net Metering and Delivery of Excess Member/Consumer – Generated Electric Energy to Member Distribution Coops.

This above information is just a brief overview of the process.  For more detailed information, please call the WIEC office at 217-357-3125 and ask for Todd or Ryan.

However, before making the decision to purchase generation equipment, members should consider the economics of purchasing the equipment and determining whether generating electricity will lower their own monthly power costs.  Here’s a tool to help with that analysis –  Are you Considering Installing Generation Equipment Brochure.  

Our program is approved by our Board of Directors and is not mandated by the state and is subject to change. The rates associated with net metering will continually be modified to ensure that we are managing rate disparity among all rate classes.

WIEC Members hear about Cooperative’s past, present and future at Annual Meeting

Western Illinois Electrical Coop. (WIEC) looked at the organization’s past, present and future during the organization’s 80th annual meeting held Thursday, June 27, at the Hancock County Extension Center.

Board President Kent Flesner addressed changes that have occurred throughout the generations. One change, personalized customer service, once the hallmark of a successful business, has long been forgotten.  While other utilities have closed their local offices, WIEC has always operated locally. Flesner said,  “Because cooperatives are member-owned, each member has a voice in decisions made on their behalf.

Eric Hobbie, president/CEO of Prairie Power, Inc. in Springfield, the co-op’s generation and transmission cooperative (G&T), reported the major driver in wholesale power cost is transmission cost, which has increased to $1 million per mile. He explained that a diverse power supply is necessary for a balanced electric system. PPI has invested in the Prairie State Generating Campus coal plant and in solar and wind generation and owns natural gas turbines. The G&T is looking to grow its renewable portfolio, but the challenge of stable power supply and keeping members’ rates affordable is always at the forefront.

Duane Noland, president/CEO of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives in Springfield represents 24 distribution electric co-ops across the state. He detailed how newly elected Governor J.B. Pritzker is making big changes that could affect co-ops and rural residents. He explained, “A democratic legislature and governor had an easy time passing bills that increased the minimum wage, legalized recreational marijuana use, changed abortion laws, and more. The legislative session ended with a large capital bill, which among other things, will increase the gas tax 19 cents and the cost of license plates. That’s what we’ll see for the next few years. This is a challenge for rural Illinois and different from surrounding states.”

General Manager Todd Grotts reminded members that Rural Electrification isn’t something we did; it’s something we’re doing.  “Community transformation isn’t something we did.  It’s something we’re doing.  Co-ops are developing the next generation of leaders in our community. We are building a smarter power grid. We are making life better for our members and for the places we love. We weren’t called to make a difference in our communities once-upon-a-time. We’re called to do it every day.”

During the meeting, Board Secretary-Treasurer Janet Spory shared the good news that the cooperative will pay back capital credits totaling $250,000 to members who were on its lines during 1983 and 1984. Checks should be mailed later this fall.

During the meeting, Kent Flesner of West Point and Mark Burling of Carthage were re-elected to the co-op’s board of directors.

Recognized for service anniversaries were Mechanic/Groundman Greg Bolton, 30 years; General Manager Todd Grotts, 10 years; Journeyman Lineman Tim Shumate, 10 years; and Apprentice Lineman Eric Belshaw, five years.

Grand prize winners.were (l-r),  Sandra Lovell, Susan Nichols, Jean and Larry Teel, Barbara Ramsey and Sharon Thompson.

For a full list of prize winners, click 2019 Annual Meeting Prizes

 

WIEC partners with Air Evac

Western Illinois Electrical Coop.‘s residential members have the opportunity to join  Air Evac Lifeteam (part of the AirMedCare Network)  program through an affordable billing plan.  This is an easy and affordable way to get the fast air transportation you and your family may need someday in an emergency.

Members have the option to choose the convenience of paying a monthly fee or an annual fee.  Each plan is offered at a discounted rate to members of WIEC.

Options are:

  • Option 1 – The monthly fee of $5 per household will appear right on your monthly WIEC bill. Members can pay for their Air Evac Lifeteam membership when they pay their electric bill.
  • Option 2 – WIEC members can enroll annually and pay an annual fee of $55 directly to Air Evac. This gives WIEC members a $10 annual discount.
  • Option 3 – Memberships for longer than one year are available as well. (Contact our office for details.)

As a member, you’air-med-carere covered by the entire AirMedCare Network—hundreds of bases across 32 states—with continuous expansion of additional bases. AirMedCare is known as providing air medical services to medicallyunderserved areas of rural America.  And WIEC is known for providing our members with the best customer service.

They have joined together to improve the quality of life to those they serve.

Call the WIEC office for more details or print and complete an enrollment form by clicking here. Please send or bring completed forms to the WIEC office.