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Courtesy of Ameren Illinois

Ameren Illinois held a demonstration in Galesburg to show how it's starting to use drones to resolve power outages more quickly.

TSPR's Emily Boyer

Ameren Illinois’ new operating plant in Macomb will serve as a model for the energy provider’s future facilities.

The $9-million facility is the first of its kind, according to Ameren. It’s also the first new plant the company has built in 20 years.

Coal Miners Movement Emerges in Southern Illinois

Feb 19, 2016
flickr, Atze van Dijk

Bob Sandidge has been in the coal industry for 40 years.  But he's never seen it this bad.  "You turn around and one company lays off people, and another company just filed for bankruptcy and another company is cutting way back," he said.

The Rising Energy Costs of Convenience in the Kitchen

Jan 21, 2016
Leigh Paterson for Harvest Public Media

To make or not to make a homemade pie?  That is a classic holiday dilemma. Do you take the easy way out and buy a fairly decent frozen pie, or do you risk making your own and possibly end up with a burnt and lumpy version?

Brian Seifferlein/Harvest Public Media

By some estimates, producing our food consumes about a fifth of the nation's energy supply. It takes a lot of diesel to move tractors and semis around the farm, and electricity to pump water and dry grain. But some farmers are trying to cut back on the coal and gas they use and make our food system more energy efficient.

Rebecca Jacobson for Harvest Public Media

Every day, a facility on the outskirts of Grand Junction, Colorado takes in 8 million gallons of what people have flushed down their toilets and washed down their sinks. 

Fuel: It's What's for Dinner

Dec 3, 2015
Stephanie Joyce for Harvest Public Media

There are few places where the connection between energy and food is more obvious than at the Bright Agrotech warehouse.

Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons

An Illinois appeals court has upheld the state's rules for the high-volume oil and gas drilling technique known as fracking.