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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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.
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.
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
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
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