Congressman Larry Bucshon (IN-08) and Dubois REC Inc. CEO, Don Book Indiana Statewide Government Relations staff recently offered member cooperatives the opportunity to invite Members of Indiana’s Congressional delegation to visit their facilities. To date, fifteen cooperatives have expressed interest in hosting their Congressman for an informal facility tour and conversation. The first co-op visit took place on August 10 when Congressman Larry Bucshon (IN-08) was hosted by CEO Don Book, staff and directors at Dubois REC in Jasper. Also in attendance were Randy Haymaker from Hoosier Energy Rec, Inc., and Government Relations staff members, Brian Christenberry and Tina Bowman, on behalf of Indiana Statewide. After touring the facitlites, attendees enjoyed a casual, but informative conversation with Congressman Bucshon where they discussed the Farm Bill, health care bill, EPA regulations, upcoming elections and more. Congressman Bucshon’s visit concluded with a demonstration by Book of their smart meter program and explanation … Continue reading
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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
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.
Anecdotes from Randy Price, CEO of Carroll White REMC: Spaghetti and hot dogs for breakfast. Who said it has to be eggs or cereal. Each day we get to work with new people because the community is passing around the chance to everyone. That has made it fun getting to know so many of the people we’re there to help. Most of the morning we hooked up 15 service drops. The view was something from a National Geographic magazine. From any location you could see almost all of our crew working. Some on the ground and as many as six on poles. The teamwork was awesome. In the afternoon, we traveled to the next primary span that is the first of two long spans, 600′ and 1,200′. The locals amaze us how they are able to improvise with so little. Watching them load a truck with a spool of ACSR wire … Continue reading
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
On Wednesday, 6th district congressional candidate Luke Messer and State Senator Bev Gard visited NineStar Connects campus in Maxwell. Messer and Gard received a tour of the facility, talked with NineStar Connect employees, and discussed several REMC and telecommunications issues impacting NineStar and their member consumers. Opportunities for local coops to host our elected officials at the state and federal levels of government provides direct insight into Indiana’s Electric Cooperatives while enhancing their understanding he how the decisions they make in Washington or Indianapolis impacts affordability, reliability and safety of electricity to our industry.
August 22nd – Gayvin Strantz called and reported that all is going well. Lots of hard work going on there. Everyone is safe and doing well. Additional news from Dennis Weiss, CEO, Kankakee Valley REMC: We should have all the primary up on the first village tomorrow. We started on some secondary and services today. This group of guys are amazing, working in extremely challenging conditions and getting the job done. Anyway, these guys are working their tails off and coming in at night joking and having fun. What a great group of men. Click here to view additional photos on our Facebook page
Pre-trip: August 17th – Crew #1 meet at ISA for a pre-trip briefing with Gayvin and Terry. Day 1: August 18th – Meet at ISA at 3:00 a.m. to drop off cars and shuttle took them to the airport. Flew out of Indianapolis at 6:00 a.m., arrived in Guatemala at 11:25 a.m. their time. Had lunch at a restaurant right outside of airport and departed for Huehuetenango, arrived at hotel around 6:00 p.m. Day 2: August 19th – Breakfast, left for the mountain at 8:30 a.m., arrived at the base of the mountain safely. Day 3: August 20th – It was a day of organization with supplies and what their game plan was going to be. Everyone is safe and taken care of. They have been without power for two days. Employees at ISA held a prayer circle for the workers this morning. Day 4: August 21st – Gayvin called this … 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.