Hoosier Energy, Hallador Energy Company finalize ownership transfer of Merom Generating Station, multiyear PPA

TERRE HAUTE & BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ – HNRG), through its new subsidiary Hallador Power Company, LLC, has finalized its acquisition of Hoosier Energy’s 1-Gigawatt Merom Generating Station, located in Sullivan County, Indiana, in return for assuming certain decommissioning costs and environmental responsibilities. The transaction includes a 3.5-year power purchase agreement (PPA).…

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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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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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Hoosier Energy and Wabash Valley Power Alliance announce Electrify Indiana 2022 conference

Attendees to learn about beneficial electrification, emerging technology and funding opportunities   INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosier Energy, Wabash Valley Power Alliance (WVPA) and the Beneficial Electrification League (BEL) are partnering to host the Electrify Indiana 2022 conference in downtown Indianapolis on Sept. 22.   The event will bring together multiple stakeholders, provide education about beneficial electrification, explore emerging electrification…

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Mark Thompson Q&A: New role will help create pricing structures, mitigate risk for large member-consumers

Mark Thompson was recently promoted to Manager of Market-Based Rates and Special Contracts at Hoosier Energy. He previously served as a Key Accounts Manager at Hoosier Energy.   The new role will oversee the analysis, development and implementation of wholesale market-based rates and special contracts with large commercial and industrial loads.   Thompson, who came…

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Scholarship season for Cooperative students

June doesn’t only mark the start of summer, but the start of a new chapter for many high school graduates with college on the horizon.   A total of 86 students from 14 of Hoosier Energy’s member cooperatives earned scholarships this year, including three winners of the Indiana Electric Cooperatives Manager’s Association Scholarship.   Those…

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HQ Appreciation Meeting Photo Gallery

Late May saw Hoosier Energy hold Employee Appreciation Meetings, which replaced the annual employee meetings.   Two sessions were held at the Spencer Operations Center and one at Hoosier Energy Headquarters. There was also an Outage Appreciation Lunch at Merom Generating Station.   During the meetings at Spencer and HQ, Hoosier Energy CEO Donna Walker…

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Ops Center Appreciation Meeting Photo Gallery

Late May saw Hoosier Energy hold Employee Appreciation Meetings, which replaced the annual employee meetings.   Two sessions were held at the Spencer Operations Center and one at Hoosier Energy Headquarters. There was also an Outage Appreciation Lunch at Merom Generating Station.   During the meetings at Spencer and HQ, Hoosier Energy CEO Donna Walker…

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Cooperation among cooperatives on display

  Clark County REMC was looking for a live line tabletop demo. The Utilities District of Western Indiana (UDWI) had an extra one.   In the cooperative spirit, the latter donated to the former, putting both co-ops in a position to better educate their member-consumers.   “We were happy to help out,” UDWI CEO Doug…

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Staff Q&A: Brandon Gentry and Christy Langley say Safety & Culture Survey results are just the beginning, not the end

Results and comments from the 2021 Safety & Culture Survey were recently released to Hoosier Energy employees. The process to reach this point took longer than expected but remains ongoing, as this was the first company-wide survey, building off a similar previous survey at Merom. Approximately 70% of Hoosier employees participated in the survey and…

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Voges proves Adept during Webinar

No stop signs, no traffic lights. Not even a roundabout.   That was how file management used to feel for Bernie Voges, Senior Protection Engineer for Hoosier Energy.   But thanks to Adept Software, Hoosier finally found a way to police those files and provide some direction.   In April, Voges was one of three…

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WhyElectrify website a win for members and consumers

Before launching the WhyElectrify website, which happened on March 1, there was another question to be asked – why WhyElectrify? For Hoosier Energy’s Blake Kleaving, Manager Energy Management Solutions, the best way to answer the question was with a question.   “It was really a lack of educational resources for member-consumers to learn about what’s…

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Q&A with Blake Kleaving: Launching Why Electrify website

Hoosier Energy and its 18 member-cooperatives announced the launch of the “Why Electrify” website on March 1. D esigned as a member-consumer educational resource website, www.whyelectrify.com will offer resources and materials for member cooperatives to offer their communities. Blake Kleaving, Manager Energy Management Solutions, told GridLines more about the project, which has been a long-time…

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Hoosier Energy names Manager of Portfolio Optimization

Hoosier Energy has named Josh Cisney as Manager of Portfolio Optimization. In the new role, Cisney will support and help manage the company’s active supply portfolio, including negotiation, procurement, and oversight of resources through various term-energy and capacity-product contracts. He will also identify and assess alternative commercial strategies and non-traditional power supply resources, analyzing portfolio impacts to optimize member value and manage risk.  

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Hallador Energy Company, Hoosier Energy announce agreement to transfer ownership of Merom Generating Station, multiyear PPA

Hallador Energy Company (NASDAQ – HNRG), through its new subsidiary Hallador Power Company, LLC, will acquire Hoosier Energy’s 1-Gigawatt Merom Generating Station, located in Sullivan County, Indiana, in return for assuming certain decommissioning costs and environmental responsibilities. The transaction, which includes a 3.5-year power purchase agreement (PPA), is scheduled to close in mid-July 2022 upon obtaining required governmental and financial approvals. 

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Hoosier Energy approves strategic plan for the future

The Hoosier Energy Board of Directors recently approved new strategic priorities for the organization. The process included updating Hoosier’s vision and mission statements as well. They are now identifying initiatives that will fall within each priority and look forward to sharing those once finalized.   OUR VISION The trusted partner and provider of reliable, affordable…

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Jackson County REMC, Hoosier Energy smart thermostat pilot demonstrates significant opportunity for energy, cost savings

As technology for smart thermostats continues to improve, Jackson County REMC is studying ways to maximize these devices’ efficiency and cost saving opportunities for its member-consumers. The REMC recently completed an 18-month pilot program – in collaboration with Hoosier Energy and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association – (NRECA), involving 200 of its members.

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Hoosier Energy names Engineering Services Manager to lead corporate teams

Hoosier Energy has named Tommy Roberts as Engineering Services Manager. A Hoosier Energy veteran, Roberts now leads Hoosier Energy’s corporate engineering teams who focus on Power Systems Design, Reliability and Asset Management, and System Planning. These teams assure Hoosier Energy’s generation and transmission systems, along with Member Distribution systems (as requested) are designed, and maintained to meet safety, reliability, and regulatory industry standards.

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Hoosier Energy hires strategic intelligence manager to build deeper understanding of evolving energy industry

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Hoosier Energy today announced Jennifer Richardson as its new Manager of Strategic Intelligence. Richardson is tasked with building a deeper understanding of financial markets, competitive landscapes and the many other variables impacting the ever-evolving energy industry. She will also facilitate the identification, planning and execution of Hoosier Energy’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals and priorities.

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Foundation completes grant challenge with $33,334 contribution from Hoosier Energy

The Wabash Valley Community Foundation, through its affiliate the Sullivan County Community Foundation, has received a $33,334 contribution from Hoosier Energy for the establishment of the Hoosier Energy Endowment Fund. This amount will leverage an additional $66,668 from Lilly Endowment Inc. through its GIFT (Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow) initiative, resulting in a $100,000 endowment to benefit Sullivan County forever.

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Selecting Safe Software

As organizations utilize more digital services, they can be exposed to cyber attacks if vendors used are not properly vetted. Bad actors are sneaky, sometimes persistent, and can move around networks undetected – SolarWinds can attest to that. 

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When Disaster Strikes

From tornadoes to cyberattacks, the world is not always as safe as we’d like it to be. Unfortunately, we’ve seen from places like Texas what can happen when millions of people are cut off from power. More than 100 people lost their lives in the state this winter due to hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, fires and other accidents. 

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The Beetle Battle

Every two years Hoosier Energy’s forecasting group takes a snapshot of energy trends to develop 20-year load forecasts across the power network. This business analysis is compiled into the Power Requirements Study (PRS) and it tackles three main business functions – system planning, budgeting and financial requirements. Tina Elliott and Justin Rice lead the forecasting work at Hoosier Energy and their process is research-focused and driven by data.

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Managing Energy Together

Managing consumer energy demand has taken many directions during the past 12 years. From helping members transition to LED lights to the recycling of inefficient refrigerators, the program continues to be nimble as it connects programs to meet member needs. 

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What caused that outage?

Glance up to the sky and the answer likely lies above. Nine times out of 10 when those clear blue skies change, electric service is threatened. How can you outguess Mother Nature? You can’t. But that doesn’t sway the Hoosier Energy Power Delivery team. It challenges them. They are always monitoring the weather, and if a storm rolls in or lightning strikes, they are ready.

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Making a Difference Together

2020 Hoosier Energy Annual Report   Everyone will remember 2020 as the year the pandemic hit. But what stands out for us is how Hoosier Energy and its 18 member electric distribution cooperatives demonstrated teamwork, persistence and achievement during such unprecedented times.   Throughout the pandemic, our cooperative approach helped us remain steadfast in pursuing…

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Modeling the Future

Every two years Hoosier Energy’s forecasting group takes a snapshot of energy trends to develop 20-year load forecasts across the power network. This business analysis is compiled into the Power Requirements Study (PRS) and it tackles three main business functions – system planning, budgeting and financial requirements. Tina Elliott and Justin Rice lead the forecasting work at Hoosier Energy and their process is research-focused and driven by data.

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Q&A Feature: Chris Goffinet

Chris Goffinet started visiting Hoosier Energy with his two law partners in 1993. When one retired and the other left to become a judge, Goffinet took over as Hoosier Energy’s general counsel in 2003 and has continued in that capacity since. EnergyLines sat down with him to discuss his favorite activities and the advice he would give his younger self.

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A bird’s-eye-view of site development

Marketing commercial and industrial sites for development in member communities consists of detailed data for use by site selectors. This information includes area utilities and regional workforce demographics. Also important are the visuals. Capturing each property visually involves getting in an aircraft to get a bird’s-eye-view. Rising up to 8,000 feet shows site topography and property lines. This can be an expensive and time-consuming process. It is also one that has been dramatically improved by drones.

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Updating the Grid

Whether adjusting for the pandemic or planning for the future, Hoosier Energy is responsibly executing its capital plans to maintain, repair and upgrade assets to ensure the resiliency of Hoosier Energy’s transmission system. “We’re targeting assets that are in the higher-risk category for failure because of their age and condition. That should translate to better asset performance, improved reliability and fewer outages,” said Matt Mabrey, Vice President of Operations. “This should give our members a lot of confidence that we’re utilizing financial resources wisely.”

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Transformation of a Training Center

In 1967, Hoosier Energy’s Franklin Training Center site was just a simple concrete block building full of mice that couldn’t be used for its intended purpose – a primary substation powered from Napoleon – because new regulations restricted power line construction in the area. Co-op leaders were dreaming of a training program to ensure line workers had the skills and knowledge they needed to keep themselves and others safe on the job.

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Rural Energy Audit

Hoosier Energy and member cooperatives, in partnership with GDS Associates, are relaunching the Rural Energy Audit pilot program. This is an opportunity for rural farms and small businesses to take part in an American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Tier II Energy Audit.

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Stories from the Front Lines

In his 27 years at Hoosier Energy, Line Foreman Mark Richardson has trekked countless hours across the hills and hollers of southern Indiana and Illinois to find downed power lines. Each winter storm comes with its own challenges complicated by cold temperatures and excessive snowfall.

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The 1,400-Piece Puzzle

Just like a car that requires maintenance to operate reliably, the Merom Generating Station gets preventative maintenance during scheduled outages. Often occurring in the spring when energy demand is low, generation on a single unit is halted. Boiler tubes and duct work are inspected and repaired — along with about 1,400 other tasks that must be completed in a meticulously calculated order.

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Rising to the Sky

When you hear it, it is a distinct buzzing sound. It is a little louder than a bee buzzing nearby. If you look up, you might find it – a drone flying overhead. This equipment is no longer just for hobbyists, it has become an intricate tool used by electric utilities to increase safety and grid resiliency. Hoosier Energy is using this equipment for monitoring rights-of-way and powerlines that can transmit up to 345kV of energy. This improves safety, reduces response time and saves money.

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Charging Ahead

The energy industry is evolving and Hoosier Energy is evolving along with it. A new initiative was introduced by the Hoosier Energy Emerging Energy Resources (EER) team to help members focus on the changing needs and habits of member-consumers.

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Safety Observation Process

When asked to use a No. 2 pencil, fill circles completely and make no stray marks on the form, these instructions are likely to bring back memories of school years when scantron technology was used for testing. Merom Generating Station’s Job Safety Observation Team is utilizing scantron technology in a new way.

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Cooperative team gets information pieces to fit

When an outage occurs, operations crews focus on getting the power back on safely. While they’re doing that, co-op communicators work to keep member-consumers updated with timely information. This requires a collaboration between the communications and operations teams – a relationship Henry County REMC’s Lara Sullivan has been building for several years.

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2019 Annual Report: Focused on the Future

Working alongside member-cooperatives, Hoosier Energy is creating competitive advantages for the industries, farms and residences that make up the communities that depend on us to meet their power needs. Every conversation, every project, every pilot program is executed with one question in mind — How will our collective efforts benefit our members and theirs?

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Resiliency on the Grid

In 2019, Hoosier Energy made significant progress on power delivery capital projects to update and improve aging infrastructure, while managing costs to maintain grid resiliency, according to Rob Horton, Chief Operating Officer at Hoosier Energy.

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The Pandemic Plan

Hoosier Energy created a pandemic plan about 10 years ago when the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations suggested that businesses prepare for an influenza A outbreak.

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Duff/Coleman grid expansion project moves forward

Republic Transmission (through a Hoosier Energy and LS Power partnership) together with Big Rivers Electric Corporation, have completed about five miles of the single circuit 345 kilovolt Duff/Coleman line. Spanning 30 miles, this transmission line will cross sections of Dubois County, Indiana; Spencer County, Indiana; and Hancock County, Kentucky.

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Report highlights energy efficiency program success

The Demand Side Management (DSM) annual report focuses on program descriptions and data, as well as highlights from the year, the most significant being in the lighting programs. The residential lighting program accounted for nearly 90 percent of 2019 measures, with cooperatives securing more than 9,000 LEDs and members buying an additional 16,000 bulbs through the lighting store.

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Going all-electric
in southern Indiana

Electric vehicles (EV) are converging on the Midwest, albeit slowly. With their entrance, new challenges are being identified for members and cooperatives alike. EnergyLines was able to reach out to Southern Indiana Power member-consumer Bradley Lynch to discuss the challenges he faces with owning an all-electric car in Southern Indiana.

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Providing internet access to all

In December 2017, South Central Indiana REMC board of directors made the decision to create SCI Fiber, a business division that would not only provide high-speed internet access to its members, but also a smart grid to improve system reliability and lay the foundation for broader infrastructure that could elevate Indiana’s connectivity standing in the country.

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Hoosier Energy Announces New 20-Year Resource Plan

Following a year-long process, Hoosier Energy today announced that its Board of Directors approved a new long-range resource plan. The current plan is designed to provide its 18 member cooperatives with reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy while saving members an estimated $700 million over the next two decades.   Hoosier Energy expects to retire…

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