Q&A: HEATS a refreshing cool breeze with Dave Helton

Dave Helton’s been in the electric industry since 1990. During that time, he’s been a contractor, a lineman and for the past nine years a safety instructor for the Hoosier Energy Apprenticeship, Training and Safety (HEATS) program for apprentice linemen.   Recently, the Senior Training and Safety Specialist saw the 2022 HEATS class graduate, along…

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Cooperatives spring into action for annual Indiana Community Day

One of the core cooperative principles is concern for community.   Hoosier Energy saw 15 of its member cooperatives put this into practice for the annual “Indiana’s Electric Cooperative Community Day” as part of Co-op Month nationwide.   Community Day officially took place on October 14, although a number of cooperatives set up different dates…

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Economic Development Q & A: Hoosier Energy named Top 20

Hoosier Energy made the cut when Site Selection magazine recently revealed its 2022 Top Utilities in Economic Development.   For Hoosier Energy, which was also featured in the publication for its efforts with ESG, being just one of 20 utilities so honored was no small feat. Hoosier’s economic development efforts are guided by manager Harold Gutzwiller, along with…

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People make the difference at Electrify Indiana 2022

INDIANAPOLIS – In his closing remarks at Electrify Indiana 2022, Keith Dennis was focused on people, not technology.   “If we’re going to meet (the beneficial electrification) challenge and do it in a way that strengthens us, we have to work together,” said Dennis, president of the Beneficial Electrification League (BEL). “Part of working together…

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Electrify Indiana a sizzling success

INDIANAPOLIS – The previous incarnation of the Electrify Indiana conference took place three years ago at Hoosier Energy headquarters in Bloomington.   On September 22, the 2022 version upped the ante at The Westin in Indianapolis.   With over 270 attendees – many from Hoosier Energy members, 33 sponsors and 23 exhibitors, the event sizzled…

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Hoosier Energy members well-represented in lineman rodeo

The first-ever Indiana Electric Cooperative Lineman Rodeo was held Aug. 25-26 in Danville. The two-day event showcased the skills and safety training of electric cooperative lineworkers.   A total of 15 teams and 54 individuals competed in this year’s event, including 26 individuals from six Hoosier Energy member cooperatives – Clark County REMC, JCREMC, RushShelby…

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A day off just what Clark County REMC needed

It started with a note in the suggestion box and ended with tears of joy three years later.   That was how Clark County REMC came to be closed to the public on Sept. 7 for an employee training and appreciation day.   Employee training sessions and appreciation events are a regular occurrence at the…

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Last Chance to Register for Electrify Indiana 2022 conference

One week until Sept. 15 registration deadline     INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier Energy, Wabash Valley Power Alliance (WVPA) and the Benefici al Electrification League (BEL) will host Electrify Indiana 2022 in downtown Indianapolis on Sept. 22.   Registration for this event ends September 15. The event will bring together multiple stakeholders, provide education about beneficial electrification, explore…

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No substitute for substation training

Hoosier Energy began annual substation training for the Member Systems in late July, and the sessions will continue through early November.   “Whereas Hoosier employees are in the substations potentially hundreds of times a year, the co-op linemen have very limited exposure to the substations and the equipment within,” said Cory Berg, Hoosier Energy Safety…

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Matt Mabrey Q&A: Project Management Training more than meets the eye

One of Hoosier Energy’s strategic priorities is Continuous Improvement. Among the initiatives falling under that umbrella is Project Management Training for employees. That task was taken on by Vice President of Operations Matt Mabrey and his team, including Continuous Improvement Program Coordinator Chrystal Hoffmeister.   With the aid of Chad Harding, Misti Beiser and Warren…

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