Frequently Asked Questions
What is Hoosier Energy?
Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters and system control center in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and other services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives, which collectively meet the electricity needs of more than 750,000 residents, businesses, industries and farms. Hoosier Energy, Indiana’s first power supply cooperative, operates four power plants, a renewable energy plant and a transmission network that includes 1,450 miles of high-voltage lines, 15 primary substations and nearly 300 delivery points. For more see Hoosier Energy’s profile.
What is Hoosier Energy’s relationship to my REMC/REC?
Eighteen electric cooperatives own Hoosier Energy as a power supply cooperative to provide wholesale electricity and services. Click here to see a link to our members and see if your REMC/REC is a Hoosier Energy cooperative.
My power is out. Do I contact Hoosier Energy to notify you?
Your local distribution cooperative (REMC/REC) should be contacted if you have a power outage. Click here for a list of Hoosier Energy member systems.
I’m concerned about climate change. Why can’t all our energy come from renewable sources?
As the consumer-owned segment of America’s electric utility industry, electric cooperatives have always responded to demands for safe, reliable and affordable electric power. Co-ops know consumers have a growing interest in renewable energy and a goal of independence from foreign sources of energy through homegrown efforts. The areas where renewable energy such as wind, water or solar power can be cost effectively and efficiently utilized are limited by geographic realities. Electricity can’t be stored to provide for future use–the amount of electricity produced depends on when and how hard the wind blows, how fast a river flows, or how much the sun shines. Southern Indiana faces the challenges of those realities as co-ops build renewable resources. While almost all utility customers would agree that green power is best, only some would be willing to pay a much higher price for it, and fewer still would be willing to give up the 24-hour reliability of a fossil-fuel power plant. Researchers are investigating new technologies like microturbines and fuel cells that could eliminate some of these concerns, but their wide-scale use is decades away. The Hoosier Energy Board of Directors has adopted a renewable energy policy and identified the need for renewable generation to add to existing coal and natural gas plants in southern Indiana. Click here to find out more about Hoosier Energy’s renewable energy efforts.