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An Application of Geographic Information Systems to Alfalfa Bio- Mass Energy and Marketing Co-ops
by Jerry E. FRUIN jfruin@dept.agecon.umn.edu University of Minnesota, Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy, 1994 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108 Proceedings of the Sixth Joint Conference on Agriculture, Food, and the Environment, August 31 - September 2, 1998, Minneapolis, Minnesota September 1998, 20 pages; Adobe Acrobat PDF 96K bytes

Chicago Area Community Energy Cooperative

The Community Energy Cooperative is launching operations in spring 2001 in three new communities: Elgin, Park Forest, and a portion of Chicago's far northwest side. This adds to the initiatives begun last year in Pilsen (expanding in the summer of 2001 to include Little Village), and commercial/industrial activities in several northwest and southern suburbs. During summer 2001 the Cooperative is scaling up its energy efficiency and demand reduction activities, with initiatives in air conditioning, lighting, and distributed generation. The Cooperative expects to replace at least 5,000 old air conditioners with efficient models. In Pilsen, a block-by-block neighborhood 'sweep' is beginning to identify and replace old air conditioners. A lighting retrofit program is providing rebates for energy efficiency upgrades to business customers. The Cooperative expects to reduce demand in its target areas by 35 MW over the summer, through both short-term load management and long-term efficiency strategies - enough to power more than 10,000 homes.

Corn Fuel Co-op (Audio) NPR Online 9/12/00

Investigate the Viability of an Urban Windfarm Energy Cooperative
Vertical Project BSC Environment Program, United Kingdom, Autumn 2001

New Generation Cooperatives Case Study: Sunrise Energy Cooperative
by Rodney J.Fink, New Generation Cooperatives: Case Studies, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, 2000

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