Hoosier Energy Power Supply & Delivery
Overview of Electric Service
Understanding the power system is no easy task. Having an idea of where that power comes from and how it is delivered to the end consumer can help your client gain a clearer picture of how that system can be a site location advantage.
Generating energy from a diverse set of fuel sources is an important part of Hoosier Energy’s “all of the above” power supply portfolio, including coal, natural gas and renewable energy resources. Hoosier Energy also adopted a voluntary Renewable Energy Policy in 2006 to provide 10% of member system energy requirements through renewable energy resources by 2025. Part of this renewable commitment includes the 10, 1 Megawatt (MW) solar installations Hoosier Energy and its distribution cooperatives partnered on over the past three years as well as the 200MW Riverstart Solar Project projected to be operational in Randolph County, Indiana in 2022.
Electricity generated by Hoosier Energy and other utilities is placed on a regional grid and transmitted at high-voltage over long distances throughout Central and Southern Indiana and Southeastern Illinois. The regional transmission grid is comprised of both transmission stations that are used for switching or to change voltage up or down and transmission lines. Nominal transmission voltages are greater than 69 kilovolts.
These stations lower the voltage before being sent along to your local electric cooperative.
Energy From Your Cooperative
Buried or mounted on poles, distribution cooperative lines from the grid carry electricity from substations to smaller, local transformers. These local transformers, mounted on poles or on concrete pads, further reduce the electric voltage to 110-220 volts, which can be used safely in businesses and homes.
Electricity typically enters your premises through a meter that measures the amount of electricity you use. There, a control panel distributes power through wires in the walls and then to wall switches and outlets. When you switch on or plug in equipment, you complete the circuit from the power generation source.