Hurricane Irma was a historic storm and utilities are coordinating a historic response, including Northern Neck Electric Cooperative (NNEC).
On September 12, six NNEC linemen volunteered to travel to Excelsior EMC in Metter, Ga., to restore power. Crews from NNEC and many other electric cooperatives in the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives headed south to aid sister co-ops in South Carolina and Georgia.
Outage estimates as of 10 a.m. September 12 totaled 595,000 in Florida, 428,000 in Georgia, and 52,000 in South Carolina. These outage numbers continue to decrease and highlight the resilience, preparedness and collaboration of electric cooperatives.
“Cooperation among cooperatives is the sixth cooperative principle,” said president and chief executive officer Greg White. “It was only a few years ago when electric cooperative crews from the Southeast and nearby states helped restore power to our members after Hurricane Isabel. We are proud of our crew who volunteered to restore power at Excelsior EMC as well as all of our linemen who keep NNEC’s members’ lights on.”
Please keep NNEC employees in thoughts and prayers as well as those affected by Irma’s devastation, he said.
NNEC is a member-owned cooperative serving over 18,900 homes and businesses in Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, King George and Stafford counties.