For Hoosier Energy, commitment to community comes first

This commitment shapes every element of our operations. From a more diversified resource portfolio to understanding the needs of our workforce and the member communities we serve, we’re dedicated to ensuring all feel welcome, always.

Standing up for our employees

At Hoosier Energy, 28% of our employees are represented by a collective bargaining agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 1393. Our partnership with IBEW 1393 spans more than 50 years and acts as the cornerstone of Hoosier Energy and our communities. We pride ourselves on our strong relationship with all employees and our partnership with IBEW 1393. Hoosier ensures representation of bargaining employees in everything we do, creating common ground to strengthen trust and support the communities we serve.


Commitment to safety is central to Hoosier Energy’s culture. Our approach is founded upon industry best practices but also on our own model. We recognize that each department has unique hazards and tailor safety plans to address each individual circumstance.

We pay close attention to not just our employees’ physical safety but also their stress management and mental health. We help employees prevent acute or chronic health issues through carefully crafted work routines. Key safety initiatives include:

Safe By Choice

Through our “Safe By Choice” safety culture initiative, we educate our employees on dangers in the workplace and provide them with the necessary parameters and rules of conduct to keep them safe. The program was introduced in 2016.

Safety Culture Survey

Hoosier Energy teamed up with NRECA in 2015 to develop a Safety Culture Survey to review the effectiveness of our occupational health practices and identify opportunities for improvement. Responses from employees allow Hoosier Energy to refine our objectives and build a road map for the future. The survey is conducted every three years.

Safety Training

Throughout the year, Hoosier requires standard training for all employees. For each senior staff and departmental meeting, the first agenda item is dedicated to a “Safety Moment” and discussion of relevant safety and health hazards. These practices reinforce the importance of a safety culture in our daily work.

Hoosier Energy Apprenticeship, Training & Safety (HEATS) Program

Celebrating 47 years, the HEATS program was initially formed to address safety issues and training for co-op employees. The program has evolved extensively and requires line, meter and substation apprentices to complete 576 hours of classroom instruction and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training. Graduates also take four college-level courses to earn an Associate of Applied Sciences degree from Ivy Tech.

With the rollout of the Franklin Training Center in 2003, the HEATS program expanded its reach to industry workers across Indiana.

Care for Community

As a cooperative, Hoosier Energy takes advantage of each opportunity to serve our local communities. We accomplish this with a focus on four key pillars:

Education & Workforce Opportunities

Health & Well-Being

Community Quality of Life

Employee Philanthropic Initiatives

With each year, our community engagement strategy grows and expands. Below is a representative sample of organizations supported by Hoosier:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Camp Kilowatt
  • Cancer Support Community
  • Desert Rose Foundation
  • Fairfield Illinois Lions Club
  • Florida Disaster relief programs
  • Indiana State University Foundation
  • Local 4-H organizations
  • Local Chambers of Commerce
  • Middle Way House
  • Monroe County Habitat for Humanity
  • Pike County Foundation/Frank Ratts Memorial Fund
  • Riley Children’s Hospital
  • Sullivan County Foundation
  • Sullivan County Salvation Army
  • Sullivan County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Wabash Valley Community Foundation
  • United Way of Monroe County


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