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Cooperatives see the future

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Posted on Sep 20, 2018 in Southern Indiana Power

Dramatic changes are transforming all aspects of the energy industry. Interest in renewable energy is at an all-time high, and ultimately consumers want greater control over their energy use and payment methods. The prevalence of smartphone apps and “smart” technology for the home is increasing, and consumers and businesses are showing greater interest in electric… Continue reading.

Annual meeting recap

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Posted on May 31, 2018 in Southern Indiana Power

The 79th annual meeting was held at the Spencer County Youth and Community Center on April 17. More than 525 members registered, and we issued 943 meal tickets for members and their families. Over 160 children attended and entered their names for the kids’ prize drawing. For those of you who missed the meeting, I’ll… Continue reading.

The power behind your power

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Posted on Apr 27, 2018 in Southern Indiana Power

As we saw April come and go, it brought with it the showers that produced our lovely spring flowers. It also heralded the beginning of a potentially stormy season that can inherently include power outages. While Southern Indiana Power strives to provide reliable electric service to our members, there are times when Mother Nature has… Continue reading.

Annual meeting review

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Posted on May 25, 2017 in Southern Indiana Power

The 78th annual meeting was held at the Spencer County Youth and Community Center on April 18. More than 550 members registered, and we issued 989 meal tickets for members and their families. Over 160 children attended and entered their names for the kids’ prize drawing. For those of you who missed the meeting, I’ll… Continue reading.

This May, plug into safety

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Posted on Apr 21, 2017 in Southern Indiana Power

This month, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the importance of safety. May is Electrical Safety Month. We all depend on electricity to power our lives, but accidents can happen when electricity is improperly used. Our responsibility to you Southern Indiana Power’s concern for safety extends beyond our employees. We care deeply… Continue reading.

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The power of Operation Round Up

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Posted on Feb 27, 2017 in Southern Indiana Power

It started as a simple idea in 1988, at one co-op in South Carolina. Just ask co-op members to round up their electric bill to the next dollar, and then use that extra change to do good work in your community. Today, hundreds of electric co-ops throughout the country, including Southern Indiana Power, use this… Continue reading.

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The value of electric cooperatives

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Posted on Jan 26, 2017 in Southern Indiana Power

There are three main types of electricity providers in the U.S. Investor-owned utilities (IOUs) serve primarily densely populated areas, like Evansville and Indianapolis. Municipal-owned utilities also serve densely populated cities from the large such as Richmond to the small like Troy. And, of course, there are rural electric cooperatives like Southern Indiana Power that serve… Continue reading.

Voluntary and open membership

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Posted on Dec 20, 2016 in Southern Indiana Power

As we begin a new year, I thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the basic principles that guide the day-to-day operations of your electric cooperative. Cooperatives around the world operate according to a core set of principles. These principles, along with the cooperative purpose of improving quality of life for… Continue reading.

Helping others is the co-op way

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Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Southern Indiana Power

As some of you might know, cooperatives across the globe adhere to the same seven cooperative principles that guide all of our decisions from how we run the co-op to how we engage with our local communities. Concern for community is the seventh principle, and it is one that all employees of Southern Indiana Power… Continue reading.

Capital credits

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Posted on Oct 25, 2016 in Southern Indiana Power

There are so many benefits that come with co-op membership, but perhaps one of the best benefits is capital credits. What are capital credits, you ask? At the end of each year, Southern Indiana Power calculates our operating margin, which is the amount by which our income exceeded our expenses during the year. We then… Continue reading.

Electrical safety lessons for kids

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Posted on Sep 27, 2016 in Southern Indiana Power

We all know electricity plays a major role in our everyday lives, and it is a powerful resource that should be respected. Unfortunately, our children often do not understand the dangers of electricity. At Southern Indiana Power, we encourage you to share electrical safety tips and lessons with your little ones as often as possible…. Continue reading.