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Dustin Tripp

Annual Meeting

SouthEastern Illinois Electric Cooperative is very pleased to announce that it will be holding its 78th  Annual Member's Meeting on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 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.

Dustin Tripp


Your Cooperative is pleased to announce that the new headquarters facility is nearing completion and your Cooperative will begin operations from the new facility in early July 2016.  This article provides a brief history of your Cooperative’s headquarters, a brief summary of the numerous benefits of the new facility and informs members about the Cooperative’s transition to the new facility.

Many of you may know that the Cooperative was formed in 1938 and started with a one room office in the Harrisburg City Hall.  As the cooperative continued to grow, it expanded to three rooms before moving in 1946 to a renovated building located in Harrisburg.  In 1951, the cooperative board and staff began seeking a site for a new headquarters facility.  In 1953, the cooperative employees moved into a facility that was constructed on the southeast side of Eldorado which is where we have been for the past 63 years.

Dustin Tripp

Grants Awarded

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 78 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 2015-2016 school year SEIEC awarded Goreville Junior High School, Lincoln Elementary – Marion, New Simpson Hill School, Norris-City-Omaha Elementary and West Side Primary - Harrisburg with Touchstone Energy Classroom Empowerment Grants.

Dustin Tripp

Weather Effects

Like many of you, I’m certainly glad to see Spring finally arrive although the El Nino effect caused the winter months of November, December of 2015 and January, February of 2016 to be one of the most mild winters in Southern Illinois over the past 32 years of record.  This mild winter weather resulted in most residential services consuming less energy resulting in lower electric bills.  I would like to take this opportunity to help explain why many residential and business services experienced lower than average energy consumption and subsequent lower electric bills this past winter compared to other winters.

Utilities consistently monitor temperatures to help determine the necessary demand for energy and heating degree days is an index that quantifies the demand for energy needed to heat a specific structure, such as a home or business, during the winter months.  A similar index, cooling degree days, is used to help determine the demand for energy to cool a structure in the summer.



JULY 18, 2016

Dear Cooperative Member,

I am pleased to announce that the new Cooperative headquarter facility will be complete in July 2016 at which time the Cooperative will be moving from the existing Eldorado location to our new location south of Route 13, six miles west of Harrisburg.  Our office at the Eldorado location will close at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15th and will re-open at our new headquarter location at 100 Cooperative Way, Carrier Mills on Monday, July 18th at 8:00 a.m.

An open house will be planned later this year for members to come and view the new facility.  We will inform members of the date and time of the open house in the manager’s article of the Illinois Country Living Magazine.

We are excited to serve you at our new location and we look forward to providing you, as Cooperative members, with quality, affordable service for many years to come.



Dustin Tripp

Dustin Tripp


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.  Your Cooperative also provided members with an opportunity to express their comments and concerns about the proposed rules and approximately 10,000 members responded.  In this article, I would like to provide a brief history of the new rules and update members regarding the status of litigation surrounding these new rules.

On August 3rd, 2015, the U.S. EPA released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, which consisted of over 1,500 pages aimed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing and new power generation facilities.  The final rule calls for a 32% national average reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.  The final rule is significantly different than the proposed rule and is much more stringent for Illinois than the proposed rule.  The final rule calls for a 44% reduction in Illinois greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030.  This is a very complex rule and is one of the most aggressive and controversial regulations in our nation’s history.