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Eric Hobbie accepts position as President & CEO of Prairie Power, Inc.

The Board of Directors of Menard Electric Cooperative (MEC) announces that Eric Hobbie, General Manager of MEC, has accepted the position of President & CEO of Prairie Power, Inc. (PPI).  PPI, which provides wholesale electricity to 10 electric distribution cooperatives, including MEC, is headquartered in Springfield, Ill.

Vanquish Energy Vampires

Vampires are lurking in your home right now. Really, they are. But you can throw down your wooden stake and put away the garlic-it’s not what you think. These vampires can be vanquished with a quick flick of your wrist.

We’re talking about vampire electronics (as we call them)-devices in your home that lurk in the shadows, often undetected, but that continue to suck power long after the rest of the household is asleep.

Co-op Month - 7 Guiding Principles

Every October since 1930, not-for-profit cooperatives of all kinds have recognized National Cooperative Month in October as a way to educate the public about how co-ops work and to appreciate their many members. We want to take this opportunity to highlight the seven cooperative principles that lead electric cooperatives like us to do business in a better way every single day.

Capital Credits - Help us find inactive members

In May 2016 our Board of Directors authorized a general retirement of capital credits earned in 1992 and a portion of 1993. Members currently receiving service who also had service during that time received a bill credit or check. (Remember, capital credits are the margins we earn that are allocated back to you each year because we are non-profit and member-owned.)
 

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to help you pay your electric bill. If you believe you may qualify for benefits we encourage you to contact your local office to see if you qualify to receive benefits. If you do, a one-time lump sum payment is paid directly to us on your behalf. Payment is based upon the number of people in your household and their combined 30-day gross monthly income. Below is information we have on hand regarding county office information and the dates you may call.

Warren Goetsch named Vice Chairman of AIEC Board

Menard Electric Cooperative Director Warren Goetsch of Williamsville was elected to serve a two-year term as Vice Chairman of the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) Board of Directors. Goetsch was elected during a re-organizational meeting of the AIEC Board of Directors held following the organization's 75th Annual Meeting last week.

Scholarship Winner

Scholarship Winner Tucker Hirsch with MEC General Manager Eric Hobbie

Menard Electric General Manager Eric Hobbie, right, is shown presenting Tucker Hirsch of Sherman with a $2,000 Thomas H. Moore Illinois Electric Cooperatives (IEC) Memorial Scholarship.

Youth Tour Rep. met with Congressman LaHood

Youth Tour Rep with Congressman LaHoodRhiannon Sanford of Forest City (left) met with Congressman Darin LaHood while representing Menard Electric Cooperative in Washington, D.C., during the annual Youth to Washington Tour, June 10-17.

79th Annual Meeting Held

More than 700 individuals, including members, their families, and guests, participated in Menard Electric Cooperative’s 79th Annual Meeting on June 4.

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