Energy Issues Discussed w/Shimkus

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Published on May 23 2012 10:37 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Energy costs and how to control them was the topic as a group of Effingham County business owners and operators met with local Congressman John Shimkus Tuesday.  The tour was sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce and the Effingham County Chamber of Commerce.

(CONGRESSMAN JOHN SHIMKUS {left} IS SEEN TALKING WITH SIEMER MILLING COMPANY PRESIDENT RICK SIEMER DURING A TOUR OF THE FACILITY TUESDAY)

The group toured Siemer Milling Company in Teutopolis, which has worked to control its own energy costs by locking in a kilowatt hour charge for the next several years.  The firm is also using light-harvesting technology to provide lighting without lights.  Still, transportation costs continue to rise for Siemer Milling and the other companies represented Tuesday due to fuel expenses.

Paul Koerner of Koerner Distributor said their fuel costs have increased around 30% in each of the last two years. 

Shimkus said regulations are a concern.  He agreed that everyone wants a better environment, but said current legislation is causing three coal-fired energy plants to close and said greenhouse gas regulations could prohibit any new ones from opening.