Alabama cooperatives ready to respond to help with power restoration
Sept. 11, 2018 – Crews from Alabama’s rural electric cooperatives are standing by to deploy to help their fellow cooperatives in North Carolina, expected to feel the full force of Hurricane Florence this week.
At least 16 of the state’s 22 electric cooperatives have pledged to send up to 125 men to help in power restoration to areas expected to lose electrical power in the wake of the hurricane.
Helping fellow cooperatives is nothing new for Alabama, which has sent crews to neighboring states of Florida, Georgia and elsewhere in the aftermath of major power outages.
“Alabama’s cooperatives are always willing to help our fellow cooperatives when there is a need,” said Fred Braswell, president and CEO of the Alabama Rural Electric Association, which represents Alabama’s 22 electric cooperatives.
Alabama’s 22 rural electric cooperatives deliver power to more than 1 million people, or a quarter of the state’s population, and they maintain more than 71,000 miles of power line.
Contact: Lenore Vickrey, 334-215-2732, ext. 205