Additional Member Information

Property Access

When you request service on your property, you must grant an easement agreement to RushShelby Energy (RSE). This easement allows your cooperative clear access for constructing and maintaining electric service to you and other RSE members. This easement also grants your cooperative the right to rebuild, remove or improve electric equipment, and to keep easements clear of trees, shrubs, and other obstructions. Transformers, poles, lines, meters, and other electric facilities installed on or adjacent to your property remain the property of RSE. In addition, it is your responsibility to provide access to these facilities and exercise care to protect them. If there is damage arising from mistreatment, you may be held responsible for the cost of repairs or replacement.

Employee Identification

All RSE employees carry a photo identification card that verifies they are employees of your cooperative. For your protection, please ask to see this identification if an RSE employee calls on you. If you suspect someone is falsely claiming to be a cooperative employee, please notify us immediately at (765) 544-2600.

Underground Electric Lines

Underground power lines serve some locations. For your safety, state law requires that you call 811, a free service that locates and marks underground utility installations before you dig or perform any excavation work on your property. Simply dial 811 3 working days before you plan to dig. A representative will come to your property and mark the location of any underground utility lines.

Red Flag Rules

The Red Flag program was developed under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, in which Congress directed the FTC and other agencies to develop regulations requiring “creditors” and “financial institutions” to address the risk of identity theft. The resulting Red Flag Rules require all such entities that have “covered accounts” to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs to help identify, detect, and respond to patterns, practices, or specific activities — known as “red flags” — that could indicate identity theft. This being the case, anyone needing information on an electric account with RSE must be listed on the account.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for you to get involved and exercise your ownership interest in the co-op. This meeting is held each year in July and is a wonderful way for you to stay informed, vote on the board of directors, and have your voice heard. Details are provided each year in our newsletter.

Community Involvement

Our employees live and work in your community, and are strong supporters of our school systems and community programs. As your local electric provider, we are very active with community programs. We are committed to serve, volunteer, and be involved in each of the communities we serve.

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives

Touchstone Energy is the national brand of electric cooperatives. More than 680 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives in 46 states deliver energy and energy solutions to more than 30 million members every day. Touchstone Energy helps its cooperatives communicate the distinctiveness of co-ops to business and residential member-owners, large and small, all across the country.

4 values are the foundation of every Touchstone Energy co-op’s service to its members. It’s how Touchstone Energy Cooperatives put their slogan — “the power of human connections” — into action and earn the trust of millions of people, every day. The 4 values are: Innovation, Accountability, Integrity, and Commitment to Community.

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA)

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve.

Founded in 1942, NRECA was organized specifically to overcome World War II shortages of electric construction materials, to obtain insurance coverage for newly constructed rural electric cooperatives, and to mitigate wholesale power problems. Since those early days, NRECA has been an advocate for consumer-owned cooperatives on energy and operational issues as well as rural community and economic development.

Hoosier Energy

Hoosier Energy, the power supplier to RushShelby Energy, is a generation and transmission cooperative providing electric power to 18 member electric distribution cooperatives in central and southern Indiana and one member cooperative in Illinois. Based in Bloomington, Indiana, Hoosier Energy operates coal, natural gas, and renewable energy power plants which deliver power through a 1,450-mile transmission network.

Indiana Electric Cooperatives

Indiana Electric Cooperatives (IEC) was the first organization of its kind in the nation. Established in 1935, IEC brought our communities together to serve as a central resource to meet the needs of its member cooperatives.

Working together, IEC and Indiana’s electric cooperatives partnered to become an effective team. They provide professional services to each distribution cooperative in the state that includes government relations, job training and safety, regulatory compliance, a wide array of employee and director training opportunities, and an insurance benefit cooperative.