Member cooperatives throughout central and southern Indiana are now gathering energy from ten 1-megawatt solar arrays. Collectively, the 10 solar sites provide approximately 20 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy annually. This is equivalent to powering 30,400 refrigerators for a year. These solar arrays contribute to Hoosier Energy’s target of supplying 10 percent of member energy… Continue reading.
Tourists visiting Alcatraz learn about the island’s prison history under light bulbs energized by the high-tech future — one of the nation’s largest microgrids, which powers the site. Microgrids are localized energy grids that can operate independently. As new energy sources power more of the nation’s towns and cities, new technologies ensure that these sources… Continue reading.
Hoosier Energy purchases energy generated from the wind at farms in Indiana, Iowa and Illinois. The turbine generators capture the kinetic energy of the wind and convert it into electricity. Output from these wind farms is enough to power 21,000 homes. For more information about Hoosier Energy’s generation sources, log onto hoosierenergy.com/about/energy-strategy. Your energy producer is a… Continue reading.
The summer sun quickly drives up outdoor temperatures — and energy bills with it! Rather than perpetually running your air conditioner, some strategic planning can save you energy, leading to lower electric use. Steps you can take to reduce your energy costs are to: Open the windows on cool summer evenings and nights. A cool… Continue reading.
Did you know you may be eligible to receive a federal tax credit and a $1,500 POWER MOVES® rebate to install a geothermal heating and cooling system? In February, the U.S. Congress passed a budget deal reinstating a federal income tax credit for geothermal heating and cooling systems, also referred to as geothermal heat pumps…. Continue reading.
Hoosier Energy landfill methane gas (LMG) units generate 18 megawatts of energy. It is part of the “all of the above” energy strategy that includes coal, natural gas and other renewable sources. LMG systems capture gases released from decaying organic material in solid waste landfills to power gas turbines like the one shown. Landfill generation… Continue reading.
Since 2012, Hoosier Energy has had a power purchase agreement at a 4-megawatt hydroelectric facility near Dayton, Illinois. The plant produces about 18,000 megawatt-hours annually — enough to power about 1,500 homes. A 600-foot long dam on the Fox River regulates water flow that is directed to a side canal. Electricity at this facility is… Continue reading.
This tax season, embrace the audit that will help you save money! An energy audit will include a thorough review and testing of electricity use in your home — along with recommendations on steps you can take to save! An energy audit will help you in several ways. It will: Inform you about your home’s… Continue reading.
How natural gas power plants work Natural gas facilities in use by Hoosier Energy add to system reliability, environmental stewardship and fuel diversity. Gas turbines, as shown above, operate by drawing ambient air through intake structures. Air is then compressed and mixed with natural gas and ignited in a combustion chamber. The exhaust gases are… Continue reading.
As snow melts and the ground thaws, electric cooperatives start planning for their annual meetings. Did you know that as a retail member of your local energy co-op, you are also part owner? You have an ownership stake and a direct say in how things are run. As a result, your cooperative’s annual meeting directly… Continue reading.
Winter is here and the hunting schedule has been set for Turtle Creek Reservoir located in Sullivan County. Preference for sites will be given to parties of two and three with remaining blinds available for individual hunters. Turtle Creek Reservoir will be closed for fishing during waterfowl hunting periods that coincide with dates set by… Continue reading.