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Written by Chris Lee   

Ten people from India were in Holyoke Friday, March 11 visiting with employees from Highline Electric Association.

The Bangalore Electric Supply Company (BESCOM) delegation arrived in Washington early last week and spent time visiting with electrical associations throughout Colorado. They traveled to California after their stop in Holyoke Friday.

The exchanging of ideas was the main focus behind the trip, according to Highline Electric General Manager Mark Farnsworth. This wasn’t the first time Farnsworth and Highline Electric have worked with BESCOM employees. Farnsworth and his wife Sheryl along with Trent Loutensock traveled to India in 2008 to exchange ideas with the company.

Dennis Herman explains the concept of a wind turbine to the group from India.
The visitors spent some time at the turbine near Paul and Teresa Mailander’s
home while they were in Holyoke last week.          —Enterprise photo

Highline employees took the delegation to visit the wind turbine located near Paul and Teresa Mailander’s home during their first stop of the day. They also spent some time at the Holyoke substation.

Two of the members were linemen so they spent time with Highline employees as they built some line.

Farnsworth said BESCOM works with rural areas as well as a number of center pivot irrigation systems, so the information they exhanged was beneficial to both groups.

One of the more important ideas the group spoke with Highline employees about was safety. Farnsworth said BESCOM averaged about a death a day before learning and communicating better safety practices. Highline and Y-W Electric of Akron have built a good relationship with BESCOM and will continue to work together exchanging ideas.

Highline also provided a special lunch for the delegation at Phillips County Event Center during their short stop in Holyoke.

Highline Electric Association employees
hosted 10 members of the BESCOM
delegation from India Friday, March 11.
The group visited the wind turbine located
near Paul and Teresa Mailander’s home
as well as the Holyoke substation. The
delegation and Highline employees spent
the day exchanging ideas related to rural
electricity.       —Enterprise photo