President's column

Dustin TrippWebsite

 SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative (SEIEC) is proud to announce the launch of its new website and Facebook page.  SEIEC has taken advantage of leading trends in design and technology for its new website and created a number of new applications to improve member information, navigation and satisfaction.  The new website can be viewed at which also includes a link to the new Facebook page.

The new website was created using responsive web design technology that will detect the type of device members are using to view the site such as an iPhone, Blackberry, iPad, Kindle, desktop/laptop computer, etc. and automatically change the configuration of information for optimal viewing, reading and navigation while minimizing the amount of resizing, panning and scrolling.

Dustin Tripp

Grants & Scholarships


SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative is very proud to be one of a number of businesses in our area that remain locally owned, locally governed and locally operated for the past 75 years in Southern Illinois. Our Cooperative embraces improving the quality of life in the communities that it serves. Your Cooperative remains committed to its communities and the following is just a few examples of how your electric cooperative is striving to make a difference right here in Southern Illinois.

Your Cooperative coordinates an education grant program known as the Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment Grant. Your Cooperative offers a total of $4,600 in grants to fund innovative, unfunded projects or materials. Qualifying projects are those that improve the learning environment or increase educational resources for the school and the students. Every year, your cooperative sends grant applications to all of the schools in the 10 county service area and assists school administrators in applying for these grants. For the 2012-2013 school year SEIEC awarded Denning Elementary in West Frankfort, Eldorado Middle School, Gallatin County High School, Marion Junior High School and Massac County Middle School with Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment Grants.

Bill Pay OptionsDustin Tripp

The digital age of communication and automation has provided some opportunities for all of us to simplify some of the routine and ordinary tasks that we perform on a monthly basis.  One example of this is the various methods that are available for members to pay their monthly electric bill.  Your Cooperative offers a variety of options that you can select that best suits your preferences, lifestyle and your needs.  In this article, I would like to briefly explain the various options that are available for members to pay their bill. 

SEIEC offers an automated payment plan that automatically draws the necessary funds from your checking or savings account to pay your monthly electric bill.  With this option, you will still receive a statement in the mail that is virtually identical to the invoice you receive now but the funds necessary to pay the total amount due will automatically be withdrawn from your checking or savings account on the due date.  Please contact the office if you would like an enrollment form for this option.

Dustin TrippEnergy Efficiency

In 2010 and 2011, SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative participated in the HomE Energy Efficiency Programto help Members make improvements to their homes that resulted in consuming energy more efficiently.  The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) granted Illinois Electric Cooperatives $2.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds for home energy efficiency improvements.  With the help of this funding, SEIEC Cooperative members installed 50 geothermal heat pumps, 73 air-source heat pumps and 27 members made insulation and weatherization improvements.

In January 2013, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) granted Illinois Cooperatives an additional $600,000 for home energy efficiency improvements also known as the HomE Lite Rebate Program. This program applies to existing homes as well as new construction. In order to qualify for this grant, the home must be served by the Cooperative and be the Member’s primary residence.  Residential members could be eligible for a rebate up to $1,500.  Rebates for Commercial accounts are also available for geothermal and air source heat pumps up to $10,000.  Rebates will be available until funding runs out, or until June of this year.  All heating-cooling system upgrades must meet federal Energy Star standards to be eligible.    Following are items eligible for the rebates and the amount:

Dustin TrippVegetation Management

One of the many advantages of living in Southern Illinois is the beauty of this area including the Shawnee National Forrest and the great variety of trees and vegetation that grow throughout the region.  Although your Cooperative realizes the significance of this important natural resource and are advocates for retaining as many local trees as possible, we must implement a sound vegetation management program to ensure you with reliable energy solutions.

SouthEastern's current vegetation management program sets the goal of trimming on a four to five-year cycle.  This means that what is trimmed or cut today will be trimmed again in four to five years.  Your Cooperative feels that if this goal can be achieved, you as Cooperative members will experience less momentary blinks, less outages and faster restoration times which will increase the quality and reliability of your electric service.  Over the past few years, your Cooperative has experienced extreme storms resulting in devastating damages which reminds all of us of the importance of a sound vegetation management program.

Dustin TrippLooking Forward

As we begin the New Year, I would like to take this time to briefly reflect on the year 2012 and describe your Cooperative's plans for the year 2013.

Southern and Southeastern Illinois did encounter one major storm in 2012. On the morning of February 29th severe weather including an EF4 tornado moved through the Cooperative's service area causing extensive damage in Gallatin, Saline and Williamson counties leaving 4,200 members without service.   Cooperative crews as well as contract crews worked diligently and were able to restore service to all members within 24 hours.

Residential energy consumption decreased approximately 7.6% in 2012.  The majority of this decrease is attributed to very mild winter weather early in the year.  In fact, the heating-degree-day data accumulation for January thru April of 2012 was the lowest in over 20 years of data indicative of extremely mild winter weather.

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