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Call 811 before you dig!

Posted on Sep 22, 2017 in Safety

Tree roots and power lines often coexist without problems. But whether you’re dealing with underground or overhead power lines, take these precautions when planting trees. Not only do dangers lurk for the person planting the tree, nearby power lines and trees can be harmed as well. Trees growing too close to electrical lines are the… Continue reading.

Working for You: Jerry Applegate

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 in Clark County REMC

Jerry Applegate is Working for You. This summer, Jerry was promoted to a Foreman from his previous position as a Lineman. Jerry has been with Clark County REMC for 11 ½ years, but has been an experienced lineman since 1997. When asked he stated, “The challenge of the work and storm restoration are what I enjoy… Continue reading.

Product Recalls — September 2017

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 in Product Recalls

European plug adapter recalled for shock hazard NVIDIA has recalled European electrical power plug adapters because the plug heads can break, posing an electrical shock hazard. The adapters were included with NVIDIA SHIELD™ World Charger Kits. The plug adapters were sold online at,,, and from October 2015 through June 2017 for… Continue reading.

Staying Safe and Sound

Posted on Aug 31, 2017 in Product Picks

It can be a big mean world. You want to be careful out there. These tools will help you stay safe and secure. SMART ALARM When the smoke alarm goes off, Nest Protect smoke + CO alarm sends an alert to your phone telling you exactly where the problem is. You can silence the alarm… Continue reading.

Prevent electrical fires

Posted on Aug 23, 2017 in Safety

Malfunction of electric appliances, equipment and wiring is a leading cause of home fires. Many electrical fires, however, can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical principles and following safe practices. “The statistics are staggering and disturbing,” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “There are more than 50,000 home electrical fires each year… Continue reading.

Product recalls – August 2017

Posted on Aug 15, 2017 in Product Recalls

Crystal chandeliers can overheat Crystal chandeliers sold exclusively at Home Depot stores have been recalled. Halogen bulbs sold with the chandeliers can melt parts of the fixture, posing fire and burn hazards. The recall involves Home Decorators Collection 4-Light Crystal Chandeliers, model number 19161-4. The model number can be found on the top of the… Continue reading.

Smart homes

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Energy

BY TOM TATE The concept of the smart home is not as new as you might expect. In the late 1980s, as a product manager for Honeywell, I got to see a real smart home. Honeywell’s smart home contained impressive automation capabilities. Lighting, security, fire monitoring, temperature control and appliance use were all automated to… Continue reading.

Electrical college

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Product Picks

JUST BREW IT Start your day off right with the Keurig K15 Coffee Maker in your favorite color. Its compact size fits nicely in cramped quarters. Brews three sizes, with a 10-ounce option to power through sleepy mornings. $100. 866-901-2739; BIG MAC Though it weighs only 4 pounds and is just over half an… Continue reading.

Happy Camper

Posted on Jul 31, 2017 in Features

For 11 months out of the year, Harrison REMC Director Todd Uhl calls a 40-acre cattle farm in Corydon, Indiana, home. But come late July, Uhl ventures up to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in his camper and spends the next 30 days on the premises of what he calls “one of the best State Fairs… Continue reading.

Does your teen driver know electrical safety?

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 in Safety

Teenage drivers can’t learn about electrical road hazards from experience. They need to learn about potential dangers before ever getting behind the wheel. For an inexperienced teenaged driver, wrecking the family car is almost a rite of passage. The only way for young drivers to gain experience is by getting behind the wheel and putting… Continue reading.

A scientific solution

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in A Co-op Perspective, Clark County REMC, Harrison REMC, Orange County REMC, Southern Indiana Power

One of the byproducts of modern coal plant operations is a fluffy, cakelike substance called gypsum. Thicker than sand, but porous, synthetic gypsum is a much sought-after product for the wallboard, cement and agricultural industries. Gypsum is manufactured from the very substance that the scrubber system removes from coal plant exhaust gas – sulfur dioxide…. Continue reading.

Save the dates!

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in A Co-op Perspective, Kankakee Valley REMC, Marshall County REMC, Miami-Cass REMC, Steuben County REMC, Wabash Valley Power

New energy sources will soon greet Midwesterners turning on their morning lights. This fall, Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA) will celebrate several ribbon cuttings for solar arrays constructed this year. The dedications will take place Sept. 14 in Peru, Indiana, at Miami-Cass REMC; Sept. 20 with Citizens Electric Corp. in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and Sept…. Continue reading.