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.
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.
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.
RELITE – Retreat #2 Picking Up the Pace – Hoosier Energy Training Center – June 28th, 2012 This retreat we discussed damaging conflict and how to turn it into Healthy Conflict. We broke the ice with a game . We gathered outside in a circle and said our names aloud. Once we all said our name, we then had to alphabetize ourselves by our first name without speaking or using hand gestures. This created quite a problem, but we did it, with only a couple of us out of order. First of all, we learned the definition of conflict. Why conflict occurs, such as different points of view, lack of clear goals, lack of respect, poor communication. Also discussed outcomes of healthy conflict such as relieves stress and anxiety, creates authentic communication, and builds cooperation. Through this knowledge, we hope to take it back to our cooperatives and apply it to our … Continue reading