Recent News

McDonough Power Cooperative’s 80th Annual Meeting

Members of McDonough Power Cooperative gathered for the co-op’s 80th Annual Meeting of Members held Tuesday, August 22 at The Crossing in Macomb where they were provided updates on their cooperative and enjoyed a pork chop dinner. During the meeting, President/CEO Mike Smith informed members about McDonough Power’s most recent news. This year, the board […]

Second Quarter Operation Round-Up Grants

Almost $6,000 in McDonough Power Cooperative Operation Round-Up grants were recently awarded to area organizations. CASA of West Central Illinois received $1,500, which will assist the agency with the costs associated with providing advocacy for Knox, Warren, and Henderson counties abused and neglected children. The YMCA of McDonough County accepted $2,219 towards the purchase of […]

2017 Tree & Brush Clearing

Several years ago, McDonough Power Cooperative initiated a significant vegetation management program to control vegetation under and around its electrical equipment.  This program includes cutting, trimming and spraying of vegetation that will interfere with electric service.  The program is on-going and necessary to deliver safe, low-cost and reliable electricity to your homes and businesses.  Since […]

Youth Tour 2017

Ethan Hunt of Colchester, Darrin Ross of Kirkwood, Madeline Groenewold of Industry, Matt Rauschert of Bushnell, Annie Sholl of Carthage, Kevin White of Carthage and Erbin Zejnuloski of Macomb represented McDonough Power Cooperative and McDonough Telephone Cooperative in Washington, D.C., during the annual “Youth to Washington” Tour, June 9-16. This event, sponsored by the electric […]

1Q 2017 Operation Round-Up Grants to Local Organizations

McDonough Power Cooperative Operation Round-Up grants totaling $8,000 were recently awarded to five area organizations. The Regional Office of Education #26 received $1,000 for the purchase of supplies to enhance the art program for the McDonough County Learning Center, an alternative school that serves at-risk students in grades 6-12 throughout McDonough County. Big Brothers Big […]

Illinois Electric Cooperatives Electrify Villages in Bolivia

Volunteer Linemen provide communities with first-time electricity access Linemen from nine Illinois electric cooperatives brought power and opportunity to four Bolivian villages last week. The 12 linemen returned to Illinois safely after spending three weeks in central Bolivia constructing a power distribution system to 62 households and two schools. “These three weeks in Bolivia were […]

Cooperatives participate in Youth Day

Senator Jil Tracy and Representative’s Norine Hammond and Randy Frese met with students representing McDonough Power Cooperative and McDonough Telephone Cooperative during the Illinois Electric and Telephone Cooperatives Youth Day on Wednesday, March 29 in Springfield. More than 240 students from around Illinois had an opportunity to visit the State Capitol, view state government in […]

Operation Round-Up Funds Three Local Organizations

Just under $7,500 in McDonough Power Cooperative Operation Round-Up grants was recently awarded to area organizations. West Prairie Elementary School received $956.36 for heart rate monitors and heart rate charts for their kindergarten through fourth grade physical education program. Bridgeway Foundation accepted $2,500 towards the purchase of a shrink wrap machine for their Night Sky […]

Weathering a Winter Power Outage

Winter storms can cause prolonged power outages by weighing power lines down with ice, causing trees to fall into lines, or creating hazardous road conditions resulting in vehicle accidents with power poles. To safely weather a winter outage, you need to prepare and know what to do when a storm strikes. When the lights go […]

Avoiding the energy rush – Time of use matters

Did you know that when you use electricity often matters as much as how much electricity you consume? It’s no surprise that electricity use fluctuates throughout the day based on consumer demand, and electric co-ops must be able to provide enough electricity to meet the energy demands of their members during times of highest energy […]