Crews return home after helping with Hurricane Michael power restoration
Jackson Energy line techs travelled to Georgia last week to help with power
restoration after Hurricane Michael left thousands in the dark. They were Nathan
Riley, Roger Carpenter, Shane Vickers, Aaron Isaacs, John Parrett, Brent Johnson,
Royce Baker, Tyler Riley, Jeremy Rayborn, Colby Nicholson, Kris Cunagin and Sean Evans.
All Jackson Energy crews have returned from working in Georgia to help with power restoration after Hurricane Michael left thousands of home and businesses without power. Line techs from Jackson Energy first assisted crews at Flint Energies in Warner Robbins, Georgia, and then moved south to Sumter EMC in Americus, Georgia. They finished their stay at Mitchell EMC in Camilla, Georgia.
Crews from 11 Kentucky electric cooperatives went to Georgia last week. Thursday morning, just one day after Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida, the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives deployed 80 lineworkers, including construction crews, service crews and support staff, to assist in recovery.
Kentucky electric cooperatives from across the state have offered their help and support. Crews from Blue Grass Energy, Clark Energy Cooperative, Farmers RECC, Fleming Mason Energy, Jackson Energy Cooperative, Kenergy Corp., Owen Electric Cooperative, Pennyrile Electric, Salt River Electric, South Kentucky RECC, and Warren RECC sent crews to aid in relief efforts.
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.
“Helping other co-ops after major storms is one of the ways electric cooperatives support one other,” said Derrick Dean, Jackson Energy Chief Operations Officer. “We help co-ops in Georgia when they have a hurricane and crews from other states come to help us after an ice storm or tornado.”
“Cooperation among cooperatives is one of our guiding principles,” said Clarence Greene, KAEC Safety and Loss Prevention Director. “These deployments are long hours in challenging conditions, but lineworkers are wired to help people. Mutual aid deployments also provide invaluable training opportunities they may not get in their respective area.” Line techs usually work 16-hour days when making storm repairs.
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.