Twice every year, Jared Murphy climbs into a helicopter to patrol miles and miles of transmission rights-of-way that crisscross southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. As vegetation management coordinator, Murphy is looking for dead trees, overgrown brush or any other vegetation growth threatening to interfere with power lines along Hoosier Energy’s nearly 1,700-mile transmission network. … Continue reading.
Five years ago, Tina Dixon joined Hoosier Energy’s human resources department. With over 20 years of experience today, Dixon helps the electric cooperative connect job applicants to available positions. She is on the frontline of seeing the Hoosier Energy workforce being built and how it is adapting to change. “Through my experience at Hoosier… Continue reading.
Staying safe is just as important for the Hoosier Energy workforce and member co-ops as it is for consumers like you. That is why Hoosier Energy worked with a member cooperative to create a live line demonstration to help cooperatives show the dangers of energized power lines. While you might have seen a similar demonstration… Continue reading.
About 40 years ago, co-op leaders thought to develop a training program to ensure lineworkers had the skills and knowledge they needed to keep themselves and others safe on the job. Based on this idea, a formal training program was set into motion in 1974, and the first Hoosier Energy Apprenticeship Training and Safety (HEATS)… Continue reading.
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 snowfall. Richardson recalls a rough snowstorm several years ago, when he and… Continue reading.
Even facing restrictions in the pandemic, hands-on learning continues to take place year-round for participants in the Hoosier Energy Apprentice Training and Safety program. With altered schedules, masks and social distances, lineworkers are honing their troubleshooting skills so they can identify situations encountered in the field. “Interacting with underground components is becoming more and more… Continue reading.
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. Hoosier Energy’s Merom Generating Station’s Job Safety Observation Team is utilizing this technology in a new way. Using… Continue reading.
Just days before closing the One Southern Indiana office for the COVID-19 pandemic, President and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser had two challenges facing the economic development and Chamber of Commerce organization — how to not only sustain, but also help the 1,068 business members that would be scared and hurting financially. Board and team members… Continue reading.
Thank you! Hoosier Energy employees who work in operations can’t always practice social distancing to get the job done. The work these employees do is recognized by many including Merom Generating Station Plant Manager Karl Back. “Our people are responding very well to a difficult situation, which is not surprising to me with the culture… Continue reading.
Working alongside our 18 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, provide economic opportunities and create jobs. Every conversation, every project, every pilot program is executed with one question in mind — how will our… Continue reading.
An expansion of the electric grid is currently underway in southern Indiana. Through a partnership among three utilities, crews have completed about five miles of high-voltage line. The entire project is about 30 miles in length and the transmission line will cross sections of Dubois County, Indiana; Spencer County, Indiana; and Hancock County, Kentucky. Recently,… Continue reading.