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No posting zone: Power poles

Most jobs do not require you to climb 40 feet in the air and conduct business within a few feet of high voltage power lines that carry 7,200 volts of electricity. However, for many utility workers, this is just another day at the office.

English receives top credentials from NRECA

EnerStar Board Member Dale English of Paris recently obtained the highest level of credentials possible through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). 

Position changes to current EnerStar employees

This year has brought several position changes to current cooperative employees. 

EnerStar, Co-Bank with help from ECCF distribute grants to area schools

For the ninth consecutive year, EnerStar Electric Cooperative has been awarded the CoBank Sharing Success matching grant. The grant’s purpose is to help cooperatives support causes and organizations important to the communities they serve. Because of the additional financial burdens faced by schools due to COVID-19, this year’s recipients are the following schools: Paris Crestwood, Kansas, Oakland, Chrisman, Shiloh, Martinsville and Marshall. 

Member info: Contribution in Aid of Construction (CIAC)

As a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative, EnerStar is owned by the members it serves. We strive to keep rates affordable while maintaining safe and reliable electric services for our member-owners. As a not-for-profit electric cooperative, those who receive electric service from the cooperative become members of the cooperative.

EnerStar lineworkers perform annual “pole top” rescue exercises

Safety training is a critical mission here at EnerStar Electric Cooperative. About a month ago, EnerStar’s line crews buckled up with their fall-restraint equipment belts, dug into utility poles and begin their annual pole top rescue exercises.

Providing more to our members and community

As a cooperative, EnerStar has a different “bottom line.” While our priority is always to provide reliable and safe energy, there is another equally important part of this equation. Your well-being and that of the larger community that we serve are of paramount concern. To us, you are not just a customer; you are a member-owner of our cooperative and without you, we would not exist. 

Stay back and help us stay safe

Working with electricity can be a dangerous job, especially for lineworkers. In fact, USA Today lists line repairers and installers among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. That’s why for EnerStar Electric Cooperative, safety is the number one priority. This is not empty talk.

EnerStar offers on-site EV charging

As things begin to open back up in Illinois after the COVID public emergency, you may have family and friends visiting from out of town. If they drive an electric vehicle (EV), a public charging station is now available in Paris at the EnerStar office. 

It is free to use so pull up and plug in!

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