A Year of Transitions
Chief Executive Officer’s message
EnergyLines May 2019
Hoosier Energy CEO Donna Walker shares her vision for the future of the G&T.
At Hoosier Energy’s annual meeting in early April at French Lick, Hoosier Energy CEO Donna Walker highlighted the successes of the generation and transmission (G&T) electric cooperative.
“The success that we’ve shared over the many decades is a real testament to the dedication and determination of the men and women who came before us,” said Walker.
As “transitions” were a common theme of the meeting, she took the opportunity to talk about how consumer preferences and expectations are changing. Walker linked these changes to technology as a driving force.
“In my opinion, everything we’re seeing points to the need for a dramatic shift in the way our industry goes about serving our consumers,” said Walker.
Are the changes taking place in the electric utility industry a bad thing? Walker says no.
“If we continue to focus on providing services in a way that makes life more convenient for member-consumers and offering them an expanding variety of options tailored to their personal interests, I have no doubt that our transition into the future will be extremely successful,” she said.
Walker talked about the priorities the G&T is focusing on to achieve the goals set by the Hoosier Energy board of directors.
“It’s no surprise that maintaining competitive rates and managing costs remain top priorities. We will continue to strive for operational excellence while carefully balancing associated costs and will continue to foster a culture of active risk management,” she said.
Walker noted that the G&T will serve as a central source of coordination for emerging technologies and possible applications across the power network. Hoosier Energy will actively manage the current and future supply portfolio to provide reliable and affordable energy, emphasizing a diverse portfolio that includes both traditional and alternative resources.
The focus on member cooperatives remains strong as she talked about Board engagement.
“We’re already engaging the Board and Member Managers in resource planning discussions. And future supply opportunities and alternatives will reflect the elements that members view as most important to you,” said Walker.