Cooperatives Come to the Rescue
October 30th, 2012
By Heather Vaughan
Raleigh, N.C., October 30, 2012 –Seven of North Carolina’s electric cooperatives
sent line crews, totaling nearly 160 people, to Virginia, Maryland and western
North Carolina, to assist electric cooperatives with power restoration efforts
in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the winter storm.
The North Carolina cooperatives that sent crews, including equipment and trucks, are: Central EMC, based in Sanford; EnergyUnited, Statesville; Pee Dee EMC,
Wadesboro; Randolph EMC, Asheboro; Rutherford EMC, Forest City; South River
EMC, Dunn. Brunswick EMC, Shallotte,
sent crews to western North Carolina to assist Blue Ridge EMC, Lenoir, with
The deployment of crews is part of a mutual
aid agreement shared between the nation’s nearly 1,000 electric cooperatives to
help one another in times of emergency, such as natural disasters. Electric
cooperatives across the country use the same line system engineering standards,
which means line crews from any part of the country can quickly help sister
cooperatives in restoration efforts.
“Electricity is critical to the way we live, and it’s important that people affected by this
storm have power restored as quickly as possible,” said Nelle Hotchkiss, senior
vice president of corporate relations for the NC Association of Electric
Cooperatives. “We are happy to help our fellow cooperatives
and know that they would do the same for us because it’s the cooperative way.”
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives serve approximately 2.5 million people in 93
of the state’s 100 counties and maintain nearly 98,000 miles of power lines.