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Coop News from EnerStar

Graham, Swango accept new positions

Graham-SwangoEarlier this year, two EnerStar employees, Chase Graham and Austin Swango, accepted new positions of apprentice lineman here at the cooperative. Both men were previously employed in the co-op’s forestry department.

Graham joined the Enerstar team in 2013 after graduating from Northwest Iowa Technical College’s power line school. He most recently served as Enerstar’s right of way crew leader.

Survey says! Member survey coming soon

Your opinion matters to us

Every other year, the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives (AIEC) conducts a statewide member survey project on EnerStar’s behalf. Participants are randomly selected by a marketing survey firm, with close ties to our national organization, is conducting the survey. 

Local student earns electric cooperative scholarship

As an Illinois electric cooperative, EnerStar Electric Cooperative participates along with 23 other Illinois electric cooperatives in the Thomas H. Moore IEC Memorial Scholarship Fund to assist deserving students in the “electric cooperative family.” Besides benefiting cooperative students, this scholarship fund provides a means for honoring deceased cooperative family through memorial gifts.

Warning: Signs on utility polls can cause harm

Damaged poleIn the summer we often see utility poles littered with fliers. While it may seem like a harmless act, these little pieces of paper can cause big harm for utility workers.

EnerStar member and lineman wins Father of the Year

Father of the YearCheck out page 22 of Illinois Country Living (ICL) magazine for a familiar face! Our very own member and lineman Chad Cornwell has been named the 2018 Father of the Year by ICL. Chad was nominated by his niece Breanne Like for raising her as his daughter after tragically losing her mother at age 1 and grandmother at 13. 

EnerStar in the community

Seven cooperative principles guide all electric co-ops including EnerStar. Two of them are “Concern for the Community” and “Education, Training and Information.” The education and training does not just apply to co-op employees. It is our mission to reach out and educate those living in the communities we serve. In April, we had several opportunities to do just that. 

EnerStar Electric sends students to Youth Day

State Representative Brad Halbrook recently met with two local high school students representing EnerStar Electric Cooperative during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day in Springfield. Bethanny Lawson of Paris and Chase Mayne of Martinsville, along with about 210 other students from around Illinois, had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, view state government in action and question their legislators on key issues.

EnerStar sparks learning during a visit from area fourth graders

The safety of our members is important to EnerStar Electric Cooperative. So throughout year, your locally-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative does its part to promote consumer education about how electricity works and how to prevent electrical accidents. We consider it part of our responsibility to the communities we serve to make sure people of all ages respect electricity and know how to be careful around it.

EnerStar Electric members gain long-term benefits from low-cost solar deal

Members of EnerStar Electric, along 22 other member co-ops of Wabash Valley Power (WVPA), will benefit from a long term agreement to purchase the energy and capacity generated by what will be the largest solar array built in Illinois.


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