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FFA gets hands-on with utility tech A group of students from Ridgemont High School’s FFA recently stopped by Mid-Ohio Energy’s Kenton offices to learn about careers in the electric utility industry and to see how technology is not only influencing the current workplace, but also shaping jobs of the future. A demonstration of the co-op’s grid operations showed how technology has increased operating efficiency and reduced outage times. During the exercise, a student volunteer was able to use the automated system controls to simulate bypassing a particular substation to provide power from an alternate substation. Additional presentations highlighted how the co-op uses a drone to perform line examinations and explained how the nation’s electric grid operates.

Darke REC donates to Cancer Association Employees from Darke Rural Electric Cooperative recently raised and donated $840 to the Cancer Association of Darke County. The Cancer Association specializes in providing education and support to those afflicted with cancer and their friends and families.

BREC awards grant for economic development Buckeye Rural Electric Cooperative (BREC) recently presented Gallia County Economic Development with a $15,000 grant. The funds will be used for an archaeological review, geotechnical study, threatened and endangered species review, and wetlands studies at the 77-acre Dan Evans Industrial Park Phase II site, located between Rio Grande and Gallipolis. In partnership with Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, BREC and other coops around the state award grants to community organizations to help reduce the cost of unknown factors in their economic development sites.

HWE, CoBank donate $10,000 to schools Wood Lane Schools and Elmwood Local Schools received $5,000 each in donations from North Baltimore-based Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative (HWE) and CoBank — a cooperative bank based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and a lender to HWE — as part of CoBank’s Sharing Success program, which matches cooperative donations. Elmwood Local Schools plan to use the funds to order “wiggle chairs” and standing desks for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the elementary school, while Wood Lane Schools will purchase various tools to maximize learning potential, including interactive white boards and additional laptop computers or iPads with adapted keyboards to support eye-gaze technology. In the past four years, HWE and CoBank have donated $50,000 to organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Boy Scouts of America’s Camp Berry.

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