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December 2023 CEO Message



Reliable Power for Today and Tomorrow

Ending one year and looking at the new year yet to begin sparks a sense of renewed hope and optimism about the future. It’s a time when as the CEO of Orange County REMC, I think about our company, where we’ve been and where we’re going along with ways we can better serve you, the members of the cooperative.


Our team at Orange County REMC is always looking ahead, exploring ways to innovate and utilize new technologies to improve our services. As our nation increasingly relies on electricity to power the economy, keeping the lights on has never been more important. We’re committed to powering––and empowering––our community at a cost local families and businesses can afford.


So how are we working to ensure reliable and affordable power while adapting to a changing energy landscape and our community’s evolving needs?


One critical component of reliable power is the mix of energy resources used to generate the electricity that keeps the lights on across our community. You may not realize it, but the REMC doesn’t generate electricity. Instead, we purchase it from our energy provider, Hoosier Energy, and from there, we distribute it to homes and businesses throughout our community.


Another key issue is using technology to enhance our local grid, limit service disruptions and improve outage response times. Advanced metering technology, also known as AMI, is an example of this technology that enables two-way communication between the co-op and consumers. In the event of a power outage, AMI helps pinpoint the exact location of the outage and can even analyze damaged or tampered meters. AMI helps Orange County REMC save money with real-time data, and ultimately improves power reliability for our entire community.


Proactive tree trimming is another way we limit service disruptions. Scheduled trimming keeps power lines clear from overgrown limbs that are likely to fall. Drone inspections of lines and vegetation have allowed us to reduce labor and equipment costs while bolstering reliability. Through the use of small drones, we can accurately monitor the health and growth of trees and identify potential problems. As technology advancements become more accessible, we anticipate using advanced mapping software to better maintain the environment while providing more reliable service.


One of the best methods for improving our services to you is monitoring trends and leading practices from other electric co-ops in Indiana and across the country. Learning from other co-ops is one of the many benefits of the cooperative business model because for us, it’s about cooperation, not competition.


As we turn our focus to 2024, Orange County REMC will continue working to provide the reliable, affordable electricity you expect and deserve––for today and tomorrow.

 

Matt Deaton

General Manager/CEO


1 commento


Daniella Hill
Daniella Hill
6 days ago

The CEO message serves as a thoughtful reflection on the cooperative's progress and objectives, showcasing its dedication to sustainability, community engagement, and member satisfaction. It effectively conveys the company's values and vision, fostering trust and transparency among stakeholders. To bolster and fix online reputation further, integrating interactive elements like member testimonials or multimedia content could enhance visitor engagement and highlight the cooperative's impact. Despite this, the article stands as a positive representation of the company's commitment to its mission and its members, laying a strong foundation for ongoing reputation management efforts.

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