JPEC sending crews to help neighboring cooperative following damaging storms

Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative (JPEC) is sending two crews to aid West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative (WKRECC) in western Kentucky. Two four-men crews from JPEC will go to WKRECC this morning to assist with restoration efforts caused by storms that passed through our area last night. At its peak, 14,407 of the Cooperative’s consumer-members were without electricity. As of this morning, nearly 13,600 remain.

“WKRECC is a neighbor cooperative, but they are also our friends and our family. We are happy to assist WKRECC in their time of need just as they would be happy to assist JPEC if the roles were reversed. Once we are able to assess the local needs of our service area, our crews will move to assist with the restoration efforts taking place at WKRECC,” said JPEC President & CEO, Greg Grissom.

JPEC is part of a nationwide network of electric cooperatives that assist each other in times of natural disasters. They have provided assistance numerous times to other cooperatives in Kentucky and across the southeast following hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms.

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.