The Hoosier Energy Power Cooperative held a groundbreaking Tuesday on a $25 million service center in Owen County. The company is building nearly 100,000 square feet of office space and warehousing at a new location just east of Spencer.
Hoosier Energy President Steve Smith says after the facility is complete, the company will consolidate the dispatch operations it has throughout central and southern Indiana.
“It’s going to be a very centrally located facility and provide us kind of capability we need to stage responses to the storms and be able to have as rapid a response as possible and assure reliable service,” Smith says.
Owen County Commissioners Vice President Donnie Minnick says he is excited about the 60 plus jobs the center is expected to create.
“If we get this facility built, I think there will be more to follow in really helping the people of Owen County and with a small remote county, we really need it,” Minnick says.
Customers will see an increase in their electric bills while the facility is being built, but Smith says the energy rates should drop after construction is completed next year.