Jackson Purchase Energy Workers to Assist with Hurricane Matthew Power Restoration

October 08, 2016

A crew of five Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation workers will travel to North Carolina to assist with power restoration in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

The JPEC workers will depart Paducah at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Sunday.

“JPEC is part of a network of more than 900 electric cooperatives across the nation,” said Dennis L. Cannon, JPEC’s president and CEO.  “During emergencies, we help each other restore power quickly and safely.”

The JPEC workers will be restoring power for Pee Dee Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in Wadesboro, NC – approximately 50 miles southeast of Charlotte and 15 miles north of the South Carolina border.  As of 8:00 p.m. on Sunday night, approximately 40% of Pee Dee EMC’s 20,000 consumers were without power.

JPEC’s workers were dispatched to North Carolina by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives at the request of the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives through the mutual aid network of the nation’s electric co-ops.

“I’m incredibly proud of our men who have volunteered to leave their families to assist people in need,” said Cannon.  “They’ll be traveling a long distance to work long hours in difficult conditions.”

“I’m equally proud of our employees who will remain here,” continued Cannon.  “Their extra efforts here at home make it possible for their fellow employees to restore power in the storm-damaged area.”

JPEC serves approximately 29,600 members in portions of six western Kentucky counties -- Ballard, Carlisle, Graves, Livingston, Marshall, and McCracken.

Headquartered in Paducah, JPEC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.  Additional information about JPEC may be found at www.jpenergy.com.

JPEC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation workers prepare to depart for North Carolina at 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 9, to restore power in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.  Pictured from left to right are Jimmy Johnson, Greg Vied, Shane Humphrey, Darryl Corn, and Cody Byassee.


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