2024 Annual Meeting of the Members

THE UDWI REMC ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS WAS HELD APRIL 24 AT UDWI HEADQUARTERS.                                VIEW THE PRESENTATION NOW.

PROVIDING SAFE, RELIABLE, AND AFFORDABLE ELECTRICITY TO ITS MEMBERS


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Today, UDWI linemen and Dispatch Manager, Britt Miller, visited Lawrence County to perform a Live Line Demo with the Lawrence County, Indiana Sheriff's Office and its officers. UDWI greatly appreciates and respects our law enforcement and first responders, and we enjoy these opportunities to share safety demonstrations to help keep them safe in the line of duty!

Two demonstrations were conducted to show various scenarios with live electric lines, with the goal of educating the department on the dangers of interacting with the high voltage lines and safety protocols for accident prevention. This collaboration with local law enforcement is a top priority to ensure the safety of all officers that interact with live electric lines!

Thank you to Lawrence County Sheriff's Department for hosting our live demo team! We encourage other law enforcement and first responder teams to contact us about participating in the Live Line Demo program - it could save a life.
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Today, UDWI linemen and Dispatch Manager, Britt Miller, visited Lawrence County to perform a Live Line Demo with the  Lawrence County, Indiana Sheriffs Office and its officers. UDWI greatly appreciates and respects our law enforcement and first responders, and we enjoy these opportunities to share safety demonstrations to help keep them safe in the line of duty!

Two demonstrations were conducted to show various scenarios with live electric lines, with the goal of educating the department on the dangers of interacting with the high voltage lines and safety protocols for accident prevention. This collaboration with local law enforcement is a top priority to ensure the safety of all officers that interact with live electric lines! 

Thank you to Lawrence County Sheriffs Department for hosting our live demo team! We encourage other law enforcement and first responder teams to contact us about participating in the Live Line Demo program - it could save a life.Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

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Great job, team!

Awesome Job Guys⚡️!!

Stepping out of the house? Conserve energy and save money on your electric bill by following a few simple steps! ... See MoreSee Less

Stepping out of the house? Conserve energy and save money on your electric bill by following a few simple steps!

Have you heard of Meter Tampering?! 🤔

Meter tampering means doing anything that causes your electric meter to run slower or not at all. It also includes anything that is used to divert electricity around the electric meter, or attempting to relocate the meter. This can be considered theft of electricity from the power company, but that's not all..

Deliberate tampering with electric meters can also result in catastrophic electrical incidents. To ensure safety only trained UDWI personnel should handle meter-related tasks!

Safety is top priority! Tampering with a meter is extremely dangerous. According to the Cooperative Research Network, power surging through a compromised meter can cause an electrical catastrophe. A short circuit could produce an arc flash bright enough to cause blindness and powerful enough to launch fragments of shrapnel-like, red-hot debris. Serious injury or death from electrocution, explosion or fire often results from meter tampering.

Arc flash is the light and heat created from an arc fault explosion that can happen when mishandling electrical equipment and infrastructure. Temperatures of an arc flash can reach as much as 5,000 to 35,000 °F - that’s hotter than the surface of the sun! Temperatures that high can ignite the clothing and burn the skin of anyone within a few feet. The arc flash can also melt metal, cause lung and eyesight damage and even lead to hospitalization or death.

www.indianaec.org/2024/03/25/work-with-your-co-op-to-pay-overdue-bills/
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Have you heard of Meter Tampering?! 🤔

Meter tampering means doing anything that causes your electric meter to run slower or not at all. It also includes anything that is used to divert electricity around the electric meter, or attempting to relocate the meter. This can be considered theft of electricity from the power company, but thats not all..

Deliberate tampering with electric meters can also result in catastrophic electrical incidents. To ensure safety only trained UDWI personnel should handle meter-related tasks!

Safety is top priority! Tampering with a meter is extremely dangerous. According to the Cooperative Research Network, power surging through a compromised meter can cause an electrical catastrophe. A short circuit could produce an arc flash bright enough to cause blindness and powerful enough to launch fragments of shrapnel-like, red-hot debris. Serious injury or death from electrocution, explosion or fire often results from meter tampering. 

Arc flash is the light and heat created from an arc fault explosion that can happen when mishandling electrical equipment and infrastructure. Temperatures of an arc flash can reach as much as 5,000 to 35,000 °F - that’s hotter than the surface of the sun! Temperatures that high can ignite the clothing and burn the skin of anyone within a few feet. The arc flash can also melt metal, cause lung and eyesight damage and even lead to hospitalization or death.

https://www.indianaec.org/2024/03/25/work-with-your-co-op-to-pay-overdue-bills/

Part of our service territory was included in the latest round of awards for Next Level Connections broadband access. One step closer to providing all residents in the state with access to fast, reliable internet!Gov. Eric Holcomb recently announced the fourth round of awards for the Next Level Broadband grant program, administered by the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The final round of funding will see $81.5 million go to providing broadband for more than 34,000 homes and commercial location across 54 counties in our state.

This round leveraged 17 telecommunications providers and utility cooperatives contributing more than $135 million in matching funds, resulting in more than $216 million in total investment.

“This is an exciting investment for broadband expansion across Indiana,” said OCRA Executive Director Duke Bennett. “These projects will help bridge the digital divide many Hoosiers experience and enhance the overall quality of life for our rural communities.”
For a list of the awards and a map of Next Level Connections round 4 awards, visit in.gov/ocra/nlc/2024-round-4-awards/.

To read the full NLC 4 release, visit bit.ly/NLC-4
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Part of our service territory was included in the latest round of awards for Next Level Connections broadband access. One step closer to providing all residents in the state with access to fast, reliable internet!

Recently, there was an auto accident in the UDWI territory resulting in downed (fallen) power lines. Our crews were alerted that individuals were walking outside the vehicles and near/over the fallen lines. This is EXTREMELY dangerous and can result in severe injury or death. Our team wants to educate all members on these dangers to keep you safe!

Whether it's a vehicle accident, or severe weather event, sometimes you may come across a downed power line. What do you do? Indiana Electric Cooperatives provides these safety tips for our UDWI members to keep in mind:

- Move away from it and anything touching it. Keep a distance of 35 feet.
- Assume ALL downed power lines are live.
- If you see someone in direct or indirect contact with a downed line, DO NOT touch him/her. You could become energized as well. Call 911 for assistance.
- NEVER attempt to move a downed power line or anything else in contact with it using an object such as a broom or stick. Non-conductive materials like wood or cloth can conduct electricity if slightly wet.
- Don’t step in water near downed lines.
- Never drive over a downed power line.

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