Top 3 responsibilities in a day • Answer questions from consumers about power quality or general engineering issues. • Check the outages from the previous day to make sure the system’s coordination worked as planned. • Communicate with my co-workers about various ongoing projects. What part of your job do you find most fulfilling? I… Continue reading.
Thirteen of the 22 winning students from the 2011 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art attended a special recognition reception at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Sept. 30. The event was the first in the new partnership between Electric Consumer, which produces the calendar each year for some 20-participating electric cooperatives, and the Hoosier Salon,… Continue reading.
Tilt toward wind turbines needs to be more than a monetary quest Bartholomew County grain farmer Jay Shoaf could hardly be confused with Don Quixote, the retired country gentleman of 17th century Spanish literature. To make better the world, Quixote, the story goes, set aside sanity to become an idealistic “knight-errant,” and wound up jousting… Continue reading.
Kyle Driscoll is one graduating senior who’s not only thought a lot about his future, he’s actually felt it in the air and held it in his hands. Driscoll helped construct an Indiana Touchstone Energy Home as part of his high school building trade class this past school year. “It’s pretty exciting to know that… Continue reading.
Contest’s youngest ‘Artist of the Year’ blazes her own artistic trail Heidi Ziebarth is an 11-year-old with a sense for adventure and a love for nature. Her family’s Warsaw home backs up to a small neighborhood lake where she spends much of her time outdoors exploring. And for the subject of an upcoming speech in school,… Continue reading.
Blend the soaring imaginations and passions of almost 2,800 student artists from around Indiana with monthly calendar themes and what do you get? The 13th annual Student Art Contest and subsequent publication, Cooperative Calendar of Student Art, is what. The wall calendar, made available by participating electric cooperatives around the state and Electric Consumer in… Continue reading.
“Utility scale” is one of those vague phrases the media, including Electric Consumer, use in stories about the electric utility industry when no other words seem to succinctly suffice. “Utility scale” means something big … really big. “Utility scale” describes the size and scope of the generation, transmission and distribution equipment required to reliably and… Continue reading.
Few things cripple power lines like an ice storm. A year ago at this time, in late January 2009, one of the largest such storms on record swept through the central United States, coating power lines with up to 3 inches of ice. Thousands of miles of power lines and tens of thousands of utility… Continue reading.
The day after Valentines 2009 was a gray, cold Sunday across northern Indiana. Four teenage friends from the Royal Center area were hanging out that afternoon at one of their homes. Toward dusk, the four, Lee Whittaker, Ashley Taylor, David Wooldridge and Joshua Kline, accepted an invitation to dinner from David’s mom. They climbed… Continue reading.
Nuclear power in the United States has experienced a roller coaster ride of booms and busts. When the first wave of commercial reactors was built in the 1950s, Lewis Strauss, then chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission — forerunner of today’s federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission — envisioned a future where nuclear energy would be “too… Continue reading.
‘Freedom is not free” is a quote engraved on the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The price is evident on Washington’s war memorials all along the mall and on each white stone marker up the hillside across the Potomac River at Arlington National Cemetery. And our democratic republic form of government also comes… Continue reading.
In Mikala Greenlee’s paintings, she mixes art with her heart and her mind. “If you’re going to do something, do something that you have an interest in or you’d have fun painting or drawing,” Mikala advises other student artists. “They turn out better if you’re having fun doing them.” For her, that combination produces works… Continue reading.
For a dozen years now, a baker’s dozen pieces of art — one for each numbered grade in school representing each month of the year along with a kindergartner’s cover — has been picked in an Indiana student art contest sponsored by Electric Consumer and participating electric cooperatives. The spray is displayed in the annual… Continue reading.