WIEC tries to help members during COVID-19

WIEC has temporarily suspended disconnecting electric service and is waiving late payment fees to support our members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. This is one of the steps that WIEC has taken to reduce stress and provide local families and businesses with certainty during an uncertain time.
  2. Importantly, these disconnect suspensions are NOT bill waivers. WIEC will work with members on deferred payment plans and other assistance to ease the transition once the pandemic has passed.
  3. WIEC is encouraging members to pay at least a portion of their bill as they are able. Taking this simple step will help avoid a large multi-month balance when the pandemic is over.

As co-op members spend more time at home, they may see a surge in home energy use. Some steps members can take to help control their energy bills include:

  1. Program your thermostat to maximize energy savings. Setting your thermostat one degree lower when heating or one degree higher when cooling can reduce energy use by up to 5 percent.
  2. Do full loads of laundry and wash with cold water. Using warm water instead of hot can cut a load’s energy use in half, and using cold water will save even more.
  3. Air dry dishes. This step can cut your dishwasher’s energy use by up to 50 percent.
  4. Substitute LEDs for conventional light bulbs. Lighting can amount to up to 12 percent of monthly energy use. LED bulbs can cut lighting costs by 75 percent.
  5. Unplug appliances and electronics when not in use. Small appliances and electronics use energy even when not in use. When powered on, game consoles, televisions and similar electronics are responsible for up to 12 percent of energy use.

Members who have questions about paying their bill can contact the WIEC office at (217) 357-3125 or (800) 576-3125.

COVID-19 Office Closing 3-19-2020 until further notice…

To maintain the health and safety of our members and employees, our office lobby will be closed to the public to reduce exposure to COVID-19, effective immediately.

If you stop by to make a payment, please use one of our drop boxes. We have one in the circle drive as well as one on the building. Even though our doors will be locked we will continue to do business as normal.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will post updates here as well as on our Facebook page.

Anyone with questions can call our office at 217-357-3125 or 800-576-3125.

Thank you!

April 1st, 2020 Rate Adjustments

For information, click here…    April 1, 2020 Rate Adjustments

2020 Scholarships Available

IEC Memorial Scholarship Program – NOW 12 SCHOLARSHIPS!
Looking for a way to pay for college? Consider a Thomas A. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship available for Illinois high school seniors. Students must be a senior and the son or daughter of a cooperative member, employee or director. Twelve scholarships will be awarded through the Illinois Electric Cooperative (IEC) Memorial Scholarship Program. Each scholarship is worth $2,000.00.

General College Scholarships
• 6 scholarships are available for the sons/daughters of Illinois cooperative members for any two or four year accredited college in the United States.
• 1 scholarship, the Earl W. Struck Memorial Scholarship, is reserved for the son/daughter of an Illinois cooperative employee/director for any school in the United States.
• 4 scholarships available for the son/daughter of an Illinois cooperative member, employee, or director for an Illinois community college.
The deadline for the general college scholarship has passed. It was December 31, 2019.

Click here to apply for General Scholarships


Lineworker School Scholarship
• 1 scholarship is reserved for the son/daughter of an Illinois cooperative member, employee or director, an individual who has served or is serving in the U.S. armed forces or National Guard, or an individual enrolled in the Lincoln Land lineworker’s school. This scholarship will help pay for costs to attend lineworker’s school conducted by AIEC in conjunction with Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, IL.
The deadline for the lineworker school scholarship is April 30, 2020

Click here to apply for the LaVern & Nola McEntire Scholarship



WIEC Board President, Kent Flesner, presents a 2019 scholarship award to winner, Philip Hildebrand

WIEC Board President, Kent Flesner, presents a 2019 scholarship award to winner, Philip Hildebrand.

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.