CARE FOR COMMUNITY
Outreach and the role energy plays in the community
As a cooperative, we value and support our members who serve our communities and are committed to improving the quality of life in the areas we serve.
Improving the quality of life in our communities includes a commitment to environmental stewardship. Hoosier Energy and our member systems demonstrate support for clean energy in every aspect of our “all-of-the-above” power supply strategy that includes a mix of energy resources.
Since our founding in 1949, Hoosier Energy’s commitment to the environment has stood the test of time, transcending regulatory mandates and becoming more than a corporate responsibility goal. For us, working safely, managing costs, improving reliability and serving members well includes doing the right thing for the environment we live in.
Hoosier Energy’s Environmental Education Center sits on the grounds of the Turtle Creek Reservoir. The center has a large classroom/laboratory available to educators, scouting groups and others with an interest in science, energy or the environment.
Turtle Creek Reservoir
The 1,550-acre reservoir serves as a source of cooling water for the Merom Generating Station and boasts one of the best fishing and waterfowl hunting recreational spots open to the public in Indiana.
For the fishing enthusiast, Turtle Creek Reservoir is stocked with bluegill, red-ear sunfish, black crappie, largemouth bass and channel catfish. For the waterfowl hunter, Turtle Creek provides in-season goose and duck hunting. All sporting activities are subject to Hoosier Energy rules and regulations and Indiana State Fish and Wildlife laws.
One of the leading causes of interruptions to the safe flow of electricity is trees and other plants growing too high or coming too close to power lines. This can cause extensive power outages and damage, as well as pose serious fire and safety hazards to the public if they come in contact with energized power lines. In addition, power outages can cause severe hardship for member consumers.
To safeguard the reliability of our transmission delivery system, Hoosier Energy has implemented a vegetation management program to control the growth of trees and other woody-stemmed vegetation around our transmission facilities and rights of way. We aim to balance our society’s need for reliable energy with respect for the environment while complying with all applicable laws and federal requirements.
Our joint economic development program with member system cooperatives provides resources for businesses to relocate or expand in Indiana and Illinois. Partnerships with local communities and Hoosier Energy’s 18 member systems have resulted in more than $6 billion in new investments and almost 27,000 new jobs in the last 15 years.
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