Tag Archives: Co-op
Head to the grassroots web portal today to find a new feature and graphics for your June publications. This month’s package centers on the importance of co-op investments in new technology and the direct member benefits that come with those investments. Legislative efforts in other states, and even one attempt in Indiana this year, look to limit these investments with unneeded regulation.
Indiana Statewide Staff is glad to report the passage of Senate Bill 94 during this week’s legislative action at the Indiana Statehouse. Senate Bill 94 deals with the Right of First Refusal in the construction of new transmission infrastructure. This issue is very important to Indiana’s generation and transmission cooperatives and secures a level playing field when this new infrastructure is built to improve the reliability of the transmission grid.
By DARIUS DIXON | 12/10/12 4:29 AM EST Rep. Jo Ann Emerson’s surprise jump from Congress to the top spot at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association turned a spotlight on the group best known as the lobby created to help get farms hooked up to the power grid. While that Depression-era issue might seem quaint in today’s Washington, the Missouri Republican will oversee an NRECA that now lobbies across a wide body of policy, and its broad national support base has made it a force to be reckoned with on regulatory and political issues. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/jo-ann-emerson-nreca-84813.html#ixzz2EkGV1llZ
Longtime State Representative and co-op friend, Phil Pflum (D-Milton) has lost his bid for reelection to challenger Richard Hamm (R-Richmond) by just over 1000 votes of a total of more than 23,000. Still more races coming in, so stay tuned.
The latest update from Randy Price, Carroll White REMC CEO, in Hoja Blanco, Guatemala: Day 8 Prayer and briefing for the day. Our day was spent at the highest and most remote spot that we’ve worked yet. We put up another several thousand feet of wire and hung a transformer. The local’s agility on these mountains is impressive. When four of them carried a transformer across and up the slope they went so fast that us flat landers had to work hard to keep up.
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
From Kankakee Valley REMC CEO Dennis Weiss: We are ready to head home. The guys are tired, but excited to head home to their families. Materials were loaded and sent to third village. Emotions are starting to show up. All the guys have made some special friends here and we will miss these people. Thursday, the crews will head to Antigua for some much needed rest after 12 days of non-stop work. They will enjoy a little sightseeing before heading to Guatemala City and the flight home on Saturday. Crew #1 will arrive in Indy around 11:00 PM Saturday night. Carroll White CEO Randy Price will lead Crew #2 when they depart Indianapolis on September 1 at 7:00 AM. This crew is anxious to hit the mountain and begin work on the next phase of the project in a village located near the top of the mountain. This village … Continue reading
RELITE Retreat #3 - Thursday, August 23rd & Friday, August 24th Tipmont REMC at Battle Ground and Lafayette, Indiana By Kara Baker, Wabash Valley Power Association Forty cooperative employees from across the state gathered in Lafayette, Indiana for two days to tackle yet another retreat for RELITE. This time our Pit Crew made up of Ryan Dant (Hoosier Energy), Kathy Harpek (Kankakee Valley REMC), Greg Filter (Boone REMC), Pam Gardner (Noble REMC), Dave Patterson (UDWI REMC) and Travis Smith (Tipmont REMC) was focusing on how the cooperative philosophy was built on commitment. Specifically, we spent a lot of time talking about our commitment to cooperative members through the use of proper leadership, ethics and technology.
From Gayvin Strantz, ISA staff member leading Hoosiers Power the World volunteer crews in Guatemala: Primary is done on first village, working on secondary. Sunday – We will be splitting crews and they will be going to next village. They will work there all day Monday. Tuesday – NRECA International staff and boardmembers will host a ceremony for turning the lights on. Wednesday – crews will move all supplies etc, to the next village. Thursday – everyone will head to Antigua. Friday – will tour Antigua and stay in Guatemala City. Saturday – coming home! We are half way there for group 1. They all have something to be very proud of. It is probably the hardest work they have ever done as a lineman. Click here to view more photos of the project work.