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UDWI Electric Co-Op Board Member Resigns

Electricity rates are going up in Indiana due to stagnant demand.

A longtime board member of the Utilities District of Western Indiana is resigning effective immediately.

Jack Norris represented District 8 of UDWI, a rural utility cooperative that provides electricity to about 16,000 homes across several south-central Indiana counties.

UDWI management has been under scrutiny this year after allegations of money mismanagement and an internal financial audit that resulted in the firing of CEO Brian Sparks. The co-op is also under an active FBI investigation.

Board members represent eight total districts of UDWI. According to a UDWI statement, Norris cited personal reasons for his resignation. Norris was up for re-election in 2018 but has withdrawn his name as a candidate.

The statement says the board has not decided how to move forward; they may choose to appoint a temporary replacement or allow the seat to remain vacant until the election next year.

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