Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative (JPEC) is sending two crews to aid a sister Cooperative in Eastern Kentucky. Two five-men crews from JPEC will go to Big Sandy Rural Electric Cooperative this morning to assist with restoration efforts caused by winter weather that continues to devastate the region. At its peak, 8,500 of the Cooperative’s 12,745 consumer-members were without electricity. As of this morning, nearly 4,900 remain. Big Sandy RECC is located in Paintsville, Ky.
“Cooperatives helping each other is what we do. Once we were able to assess the local needs of our service area, we were more than willing to send crews to assist in the restoration efforts taking place at Big Sandy RECC,” 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. We 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.