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Dustin Tripp


For over a year now, your Cooperative has been informing members of proposed rules issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that could potentially have a significant impact on your cooperative in the future.  The Cooperative provided an opportunity for members to express their comments and concerns about the proposed rules and members responded.  Approximately 10,000 Cooperative members responded by providing comments to the EPA.  This was a tremendous response from the Cooperative members.

The initial proposed Clean Power Plan was released by the U.S. EPA on June 2nd, 2014, which was a 645 page proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power generation facilities as part of the President’s Climate Action Plan.  The proposed rule called for reductions to begin in 2020 and to achieve a national average reduction of 30% by the year 2030.  The proposed rule had a specific reduction target for each state and for Illinois, the proposed rule called for a 33% reduction by the year 2030. 

Dustin Tripp

Cooperative Month

Since 1964, October has been designated as National Cooperative Month, providing cooperatives with an opportunity to explain the cooperative difference to their members.  In this month’s article, I would like to explain some of the cooperative differences and how it benefits all of us as cooperative members.

As the electric utility industry continues to evolve and face continual change, we can all be proud that we are part of the electric cooperative program.  Electric cooperatives have a very unique business model that provides many benefits for its members and has proven the test of time for over 77 years.  Your electric cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned business and exists for the sole reason of serving members.  Your electric cooperative sets the rates just high enough to cover the cost of doing business unlike investor-owned utilities that strive to maximize profits for investors or shareholders.  Any money that is collected by the cooperative above the cost of operations is allocated back to you as capital credits.  This allocation becomes your equity ownership in the cooperative and when the financial condition of the cooperative permits, the capital credits are returned to you in the form of cash.  Over the past five years, your cooperative has paid back over $7 million in capital credits as cash to members.

Dustin Tripp

77th Annual Meeting of Members Report

SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative held its' 77th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 with approximately  1,031 members registered and approximately 1,400 in total attendance. For those of you who were unable to attend your Cooperative's annual meeting, this article will summarize the report members received at the annual meeting.

During the year 2014, your Cooperative constructed 298 new services and upgraded 72 services.  Your Cooperative achieved another milestone by delivering over 1 billion kilowatt-hours to Cooperative members.

Your Cooperative ended the year 2014 in sound financial condition. As a not-for-profit organization, your Cooperative does not strive to produce profits for shareholders and investors but must maintain a sound financial position for the membership.  In 2014, your Cooperative's Board of Trustees approved the retirement and return of $1 million of Capital Credits and the capital credit checks were mailed to members in December of 2014.  This means that over the past five years, your Cooperative has retired and returned almost $7 million of Capital Credits to the members.

Dustin Tripp

SmartHub & Rates

SmartHub is the name of the communications tool that was implemented last year for member’s use, providing more information than ever before on your computer, smart phone or tablet.  This communication tool has been very effective for members and the latest information indicates that 4,725 cooperative members are using SmartHub in some capacity for over 5,700 accounts.  SmartHub allows members quick and easy access to perform functions including view their bill, pay their bill, schedule a future payment, review past payments, receive bill reminders, update your account and view daily and monthly electric use.

The SmartHub site can be accessed from your Cooperative’s website at  After you click on the link for SmartHub, you will see an introduction to SmartHub explaining what members can do thru the system.  Once you enter SmartHub, you will need to register and set up a secure password.  Members that have already been registered for our previous e-bill site will use the same sign on information as before.

Dustin Tripp

Annual Meeting

SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative is very pleased to announce that it will be holding its 77th  Annual Member's Meeting on Tuesday, August 4th, 2015 at the Little Chapel Church (located approximately 3 ½ miles north of Harrisburg on Route 34). 

Members who attend the annual meeting will receive a $15 credit on their power bill, receive an attendance prize and be eligible to have their name drawn for a number of prizes, including the chance to win one of four $250 cash awards. Children under the age of 13 are eligible to register for and possibly win one of ten gift certificates with a value of $25 each. There will also be a grand prize drawing for a girl and boys bike.

Entertainment and registration will begin at 6:00 p.m and the business session begins at 7:00 p.m. During the business session, members will learn about the Cooperative's past year of operation and the ways your Cooperative is working to improve the service provided while keeping rates as competitive as possible. In addition, they will be able to participate in the process of selecting four individuals to serve on the Cooperative's Board of Trustees.

Dustin Tripp, President/CEO
SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative, Inc.
P.O. Box 251
Eldorado, IL 62930
Telephone 618-273-2611
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Monday, July 27, 2015

SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative celebrates Groundbreaking for New Facility.

     HARRISBURG - SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative celebrated the groundbreaking for their new headquarter facility on Friday, July 17, 2015.  The site of the new facility is located in Saline County along Route 13 approximately 6 miles west of Harrisburg.  The construction of a new headquarters at this site offers many advantages including being more centrally located in the Cooperative’s service territory for better Member access.