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Pole Testing in Area

Our poles are the backbone of our distribution system. To make sure our system is strong we utilize a 10-year rotation schedule to inspect every pole in our territory. Pole inspectors are working for the next 5 weeks. You may notice the crews digging around poles, fixing ground wires, installing guy wire guards, and more. Vehicles are marked with SWPI signs. They will be working in our territory east of the Sherman/Springfield areas and in our northernmost territory near Topeka. See the shaded area of these maps-click on the images to enlarge them.

Sen. Rose & Rep. Davidsmeyer Receive Public Service Award

At the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting, held Friday, July 28, in Springfield, State Senator Chapin Rose (R-51) and State Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-100) received the 2017 Illinois Electric Cooperatives’ Public Service Award. The award was made in recognition of their dedicated public service to all citizens of the state of Illinois and outstanding contributions to the rural electrification program.

Electronics Recycling Sept 16th

Electronics Recycling Event
Saturday, September 16th
8:00 a.m. - Noon
at our Office - 14300 State Hwy 97, Petersburg, IL 62675 (just south of New Salem State Park)

See PDF Flyer here

Equipment to be recycled by BLH Computers, Inc.

Blood Drive July 17th 12-2:30 pm

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center Bloodmobile

will be at our Office at 14300 State Hwy 97 (just south of New Salem)

Monday, July 17th from 12:00 - 2:30 p.m.

80th Annual Meeting Held

See photos on our Facebook Page

For Immediate Release:
Friday, June 16, 2017

Members of Menard Electric Cooperative Attend 80th Annual Meeting

$400,000 in Capital Credits Returned

Your Board of Directors recently returned $400,000 in capital credits to members who had service in 1993 and 1994.

We’ve returned $9 million to date to our members – it’s the cooperative difference.

Active members receiving credits less than $75 saw a bill credit on their May 7th billing statement; above $75 received a check. Inactive members were mailed a check.

80th Annual Meeting June 15th

80th Annual Meeting of Members

Thursday, June 15, 2017, at PORTA High School, Petersburg

Registration  4:30-6:30 p.m. Bring your registration card on the back of your official notice for a $15 bill credit.

Bucket Truck Rides weather permitting 4:30—6:30 p.m.

Director Nominating Petitions Due May 1

Director Nominating Petitions Available Now
Due May 1, 2017

Petitions are available now at the office for directors in Districts 3, 7 and 8 on the Board of Directors. See a Map of Districts here

Petitions must be signed by no less than 10 members and must be received in the co-op’s office by 4:30 p.m. on May 1, 2017.

Board Announces New Manager

For Immediate Release: February 13, 2017

Menard Electric Cooperative Hires New General Manager

Rate increase

The Board of Directors approved a small rate increase for 2017 and 2018 to the facility charge and security lights.

The new rate will take effect on your March 7 bills.

The inflationary increase on an average residential member is about 1.5%.

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