County assets include plentiful, cost-effective access to utilities
Electricity is provided by Duke Energy, Orange County REMC/Hoosier Energy, and the Indiana Municipal Power Agency, depending on the specific location of the facility. Rates for industrial applications are lower than other states in the Midwest and significantly below the national average.
Orange County is served by Indiana Natural Gas Corporation. Commercial rates have historically been lower than the national average, and this gap has widened in recent years, making the county’s rates relatively more favorable.
Indiana has deregulated telecommunications in order to foster competitiveness among providers. At least four providers service Orange County, offering a broad range of fiber optic and other telecommunications services.
Three main providers offer water service to multiple areas within the County: Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District, Dubois Water Service, and Posey Township Water Corporation. Remaining communities are served by other water utilities or local municipal water.
Industrial rates are well below the national average
Electricity costs are an important consideration for all relocating and expanding companies, especially for manufacturers and others that use large amounts of energy.
Source: *Energy Information Administration December, 2013.
Area electrical resources
Provides generation and transmission services to local Rural Electric Membership Cooperatives (REMC)
Harold Gutzwiller, Senior Economic Development Coordinator
Indiana Municipal Power Agency, http://www.impa.com
Provides wholesale power to cities and towns who own and operate the municipal electric distribution systems in their communities.
Susan Reed, Manager Economic Development
Multiple natural gas providers offer competitive service to County businesses
Orange County’s commercial natural gas prices have historically been lower than national averages and this gap has widened in recent years.
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Source: Energy Administration Information:http://tonto.eia.doe.gov/dnav/ng/ng_pri_sum_dcu_SIN_a.htm
Natural Gas Providers
View a state map of the natural gas companies that make up the Indiana Energy Association or view a regional map of natural gas providers that are part of the Indiana Natural Gas Corporation.
Deregulation fosters competition among telecommunications providers
Indiana has deregulated telecommunications to encourage providers to compete for business. Orange County has several providers:
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Business phone 866-460-9283
www.smithvilledigital.net or www.smithville.net
Business phone 877-462-8188
You may also conduct a search of broadband Internet providers by zip code through the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor.
Water & Sewer
Orange County is home to reliable and well-maintained water and sewer providers
Two main providers meet most of the county’s water needs:
Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District
Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer provides the majority of the water to municipalities and also provides residential water in rural areas not served by others.
2647 N. State Road 545
Dubois, IN 47527
812-678-5781 ext. 307
City of Mitchell – Water & Sewer Department
407 S. 6th Street
Mitchell, IN 47446
Posey Township Water Corp.
136 East US 150
Hardinsburg, IN 47125
Remaining communities are served by other water utilities.
Sewage is served by local municipal sewer.
To see a detailed map of sewer districts, see the Indiana Regional Sewage District Association map.