Kentucky electric co-ops deploy over 80 lineworkers to aid in Hurricane Michael

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) -Crews from 11 Kentucky electric cooperatives are on their way to Georgia to help with power restoration efforts.

Thursday morning, the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives deployed 80 lineworkers, including construction crews, service crews and support staff, to assist in recovery. Additional Kentucky co-ops are expected to join the efforts over the next few days.

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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.

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.