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Co-ops Respond to Irma Outages

Albemarle Electric Membership Corporation is among the many electric cooperatives that have responded to the outages caused by Hurricane Irma.

Albemarle EMC released its contract line crews, tree-trimming crews and four co-op linemen to assist with outage restoration. The co-op linemen assisted Laurens Electric Cooperative, located in Laurens, S.C.
“Assisting other cooperatives during times of need is part of our core values,” said Gary Ray, general manager of Albemarle EMC. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with those who are recovering from Hurricane Irma.”

Hurricane Irma was a historic storm, and utilities are coordinating a historic response. Approximately 5,000 cooperative workers from 25 states are converging on the hurricane’s impact zone to assist with restoration efforts.

Peak outages estimates indicate that there were 760,000 co-op outages in Florida, 535,000 in Georgia and 100,000 in South Carolina. Those outage numbers continue to decrease. As of Sept. 12, power was restored to more than 250,000 meters in Florida, 230,000 in Georgia and all but 13,000 meters in South Carolina.

 


Albemarle EMC strives to safely deliver reliable power and related energy solutions to our members and local communities by providing the highest value through service excellence.

 


 

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