Co-ops deploy additional Kentucky lineworkers to help with Hurricane Michael power restoration
West Kentucky RECC sends crews to Georgia and Virginia
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (October 15, 2018) – In the days since Hurricane Michael cut its destructive path across several lower southeast states, the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives has deployed additional lineworkers to aid in power restoration.
As of Monday morning, over 100 workers, from 16 Kentucky cooperatives are on the ground in Georgia and Virginia, as hundreds of thousands of customers in the southeast are still without power.
Kentucky electric cooperatives from across the state have offered their help and support. On Thursday, 11 Kentucky co-ops sent crews to assist in relief efforts. Since then, five other co-ops have joined the power restoration efforts. Blue Grass Energy, Clark Energy Cooperative, Farmers RECC, Fleming Mason Energy, Gibson Energy Cooperative, Inter-County Energy, Jackson Energy Cooperative, Jackson Purchase Energy, Kenergy Corp., Licking Valley RECC, Owen Electric Cooperative, Pennyrile Electric, Salt River Electric, South Kentucky RECC, Warren RECC and West Kentucky RECC sent crews to aid in relief efforts.
West Kentucky RECC’s first 5-man crew left Friday to assist Southside Electric Cooperative in Crewe, Va. A second crew left early Monday headed to Grady EMC in Cairo, Ga.
Due to the large number of residents without power, crews are expected to remain for several weeks.
The top priority of each local Kentucky co-op is service to its own consumer-members. Before committing resources to mutual aid requests, each co-op ensures it has ample crews available for all local needs, including routine maintenance and emergencies.
“We are dedicated to helping our fellow cooperatives across the country. We recognize that when storms like this hit, it takes all hands on deck to help restore electricity,” said Clarence Greene, KAEC Safety and Loss Prevention Director. “These deployments are long hours in challenging conditions, but lineworkers are committed to helping people. Mutual aid deployments also provide invaluable training opportunities they may not get in their respective area.”
Because the national network of transmission and distribution infrastructure owned by electric cooperatives is built to federal standards, line crews from any co-op in America can arrive on the scene ready to provide emergency support, secure in their knowledge of the system’s engineering.