Rep. Donnelly Leaders from five of Indiana’s electric cooperatives, two G&T’s, and Indiana Statewide met with U.S. Senate Candidate, Joe Donnelly (D-IN), to discuss his stance on issues, support on past issues, and dynamics of the upcoming election. Donnelly, who currently serving Indiana’s second Congressional District, opened the meeting by referring to Indiana’s electric cooperatives as “secret weapons” in their communities by “providing affordable energy in Indiana’s rural communities, which helps bring business and more jobs.” He also recognized Indiana’s electric cooperatives for providing the “highest quality service with the highest quality product.” Donnelly then adamantly stated the need for an all-in American energy policy including coal, natural gas, oil, wind, solar, and more. Commenting on ways to change a seemingly polarized D.C., Donnelly stated he would do what is important for America and specifically for the people in Indiana, by voting against bad legislation such as Cap and Trade … Continue reading
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Today, Indiana Statewide Government Relations staff joined the board of Hendricks Power Cooperative to hear from Senate Utilities Committee Chairman, Senator Jim Merritt at a local board meeting. Senator Merritt discussed his support for Indiana’s cooperatives and continuing to protect the ability of local boards to manage their co-op as they see fit. He also provided his thoughts on the next legislative session beginning in January and his hopes to continue Indiana’s economic progress of the last few years.
As part of their October, 2012 retreat, the Rural Electric Leaders-in-Training Exchange (RELITE) class had the opportunity to tour Bear Run Coal Mine, operated by Peabody, in Sullivan County. Before beginning the tour, management shared the history of the mine and answered questions about the operations and facility. Attendees were very interested to hear about all of the precautions that are in place to keep workers safe and to maintain efficient operations. They watched in amazement as massive pieces of equipment constantly moved about, scooping, transporting and dumping coal across the 600-plus acres currently being mined. They were able to stand on a platform overlooking the canyon-like area where the mining process was taking place, and even climb into and sit at the wheel of one of the HUGE dump trucks. The tour gave the class of future electric cooperative leaders, a glimpse into how the process of providing electricity … Continue reading
Indiana’s rural electric cooperatives’ international project – Hoosiers Power the World – has been selected as the recipient of the 2012 Cooperator Community Service Award by the Indiana Cooperative Development Center (ICDC). The project and the volunteers who made it possible will be honored on November 9 during a luncheon at the 2012 Indiana Cooperative Summit in downtown Indianapolis.
The latest update from Randy Price, Carroll White REMC CEO, currently working alongside crews in the mountain region of Hoja Blanco, Guatemala: Today we start off with prayer and pick up right were left off on Monday. Every foot of wire that was pulled out Monday was pulled to sag and several men spent a lot of time in their hooks. Another 10,000 plus feet of wire was pulled out today. Wow, the work ethic and passion the men have for their work cannot be compared to any other profession. Adapting is critical since so much is unfamiliar to us in this terrain. Tonight we had electricity long enough to eat supper but afterwards the entire area lost power. Totally “eye opening” taking showers in cold mountain water in the dark! The evening was closed with good conversation on the roof with a salute of the mountains all around us … Continue reading
Sept. 1 – Crew #1 made it back to Indiana around midnight and were greeted at the airport by their loved ones. While it was hard work everyone came back with a new appreciation for what they have. Crew #2 arrived in Guatemala around noon and Isaac wasn’t a problem for the flight. Gayvin and Terry met them outside the airport. The only way you can go in the airport in Guatemala is if you have a ticket. Gayvin and Terry took them to lunch and they were on their way. They made it half way to the worksite. During the trip they listened to stories from Gayvin and Terry about what to expect and how they worked on the first two villages. Sept. 2 – They traveled all day and made it to the third village around 8:00 pm. Randy Price shared that meals and coffee are much different … Continue reading
Gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence attended an event at the Indiana Statewide Association of Rural Electric Cooperative’s headquarters on August 15. During the event, Rep. Pence answered questions about Hoosier jobs and the economy, and participated in an exchange of information about the energy industry and the impact proposed EPA regulations could have on Indiana’s rural electric cooperatives. Indiana Statewide has taken an active role in sitting down with key policy makers from all levels of government. Indiana Statewide’s Government Relations team relished the opportunity to facilitate these discussions and bring cooperative leaders from all over the state to engage current and future state leaders. Congressman Pence and his staff commended the level of engagement and knowledge of these critical issues. CEO’s and Statewide Directors made the most of this opportunity by showing their level of passion in their industry and their commitment to the Rural Electric mission.