Matthew C. Deaton, Author at Indiana Connection

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5 reasons we love serving our members

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Posted on Feb 03, 2022 in Orange County REMC

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it’s packed with special observances. Besides Presidents Day, Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, there are a host of unofficial “national” days you’ve probably never heard of like National Tater Tot Day (which is celebrated on Feb. 2 each year). All these observances have something… Continue reading.

It’s a matter of (co-op!) principles

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Posted on Oct 03, 2021 in Orange County REMC

ACE Hardware, State Farm, REI, Land O’Lakes and Orange County REMC all share something in common: we’re all cooperatives. We may be in different industries, but we all share a passion for serving our members and helping our communities to thrive. In fact, all cooperatives adhere to the same set of seven principles that reflect… Continue reading.

A balanced fuel mix promotes power reliability

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Posted on Jul 05, 2021 in Orange County REMC

As I’ve noted before in my past columns, the energy industry is undergoing a dramatic transformation as consumer demand for more renewable energy sources grows, and innovation and technology continue to advance exponentially. You’re likely witnessing this energy evolution first — hand.  In driving across the region, you may have noticed fields of solar panels… Continue reading.

Are you ready for spring storms?

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Posted on Mar 05, 2021 in Orange County REMC

If you’ve lived in Indiana any length of time, you know how unpredictable the weather can be, especially in the spring months.  While we hope for gentle spring showers, we have been known to get thunderstorms, and even the occasional tornado in March or April. Snow and ice are also rare possibilities. While Orange County… Continue reading.

Your co-op: By the members, for the members

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Posted on Jan 28, 2021 in Orange County REMC

Over the years, you’ve heard me expound on why and how Orange County REMC is different — because we’re a cooperative. Our business model sets us apart from other utilities because we adhere to seven guiding cooperative principles that reflect core values of honesty, transparency, equity, and service to the greater good of the community…. Continue reading.