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?
Substations are a vital part of the electrical grid. What are they and how do they provide an essential function on the grid?
NRECA designates the second Monday of each April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. Hoosier Energy pays tribute to all Power Delivery Professionals who work at the G&T and among our member cooperatives.
Sometimes it’s dusty. Sometimes it’s muddy. It might be so hot your shirt is soaked with sweat in just minutes. It could be so cold you can’t feel your hands – and your hands are your tools. You might get a call in the dead of night to head out to fix an outage in a blizzard.It’s crucial, it’s critical, and it’s the job of a line specialist.
Transmission and distribution power lines are a vital part of “the grid.” These lines incorporate separate voltages as power is transmitted from generating stations to member-consumers.
As technology advances, it helps electric consumers manage their energy use in new and engaging ways. Appliance and HVAC controls provide ways to help consumers reduce energy use during times of peak load demand. While these interconnected controls and devices are not new, their use is increasing as member-consumers take their first steps toward a connected home.
Hoosier Energy has interconnect points with other utilities on the grid. As power is transmitted – either being purchased or sold from one utility to another – equipment known as tie lines are used to provide an economical path for the energy to be supplied to the load.
Power delivery crews are vital to Hoosier Energy’s mission of producing reliable energy for its members. More than 110 employees are responsible for operating and maintaining Hoosier Energy’s section of the grid that transmits electricity across 48 counties in Central and Southern Indiana and 11 Southeastern Illinois counties.