Scott honors electrical lineworkers from Vermont’s electric utilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2017

Contacts:
Rebecca Kelley, Office of the Governor, 802.828.6403, [email protected]

Andrea Cohen, Vermont Electric Cooperative, 802.696.9036, [email protected]

Patty Richards, Washington Electric Cooperative, 802.223.5245, [email protected]

Melissa Bailey, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority, 802.882.8509, [email protected]

Reg Beliveau, Village of Swanton Electric Department, 802.370.5549, [email protected]

Kristin Carlson, Green Mountain Power, 802.229.8200, [email protected]

Ellen Burt, Stowe Electric Department, 802.253.7215, [email protected]

Mike Kanarick, Burlington Electric Department, 802.735.7962, [email protected]

GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT HONORS ELECTRICAL LINEWORKERS FROM VERMONT UTILITIES
Praises Lineworkers’ Hard Work, Dedication, Courage, and Talent

Montpelier, VT – Governor Phil Scott today honored electrical lineworkers from Vermont’s electric utilities. The Governor hosted a recognition event in his State House ceremonial office during which he praised Vermont’s lineworkers for their hard work and dedication and presented a proclamation he signed on Tuesday in recognition of National Electric Utility Lineworker Appreciation Day.

“Vermont’s lineworkers serve with courage, talent, and determination every day to ensure safe and reliable electric service to communities throughout our great state,” said Gov. Scott. “The dedicated services of these men and women – performed both night and day, through holidays and storms – power our homes and businesses throughout Vermont to keep our economy moving. I offer a heartfelt thank you to all of Vermont’s lineworkers. We appreciate you. Please stay safe out in the field.”

The United States is home to 115,000 lineworkers, who ensure that nine million miles of wire and 170 million poles are working safely and reliably to serve more than 155 million electric customers. Vermont’s lineworkers played an integral role in the relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

Lineworkers and leadership team members from the following utilities participated in the event and also offered praise for Vermont’s lineworkers:

“The level of dedication, competence, and cooperation that VEC lineworkers exhibit is truly impressive,” said Christine Hallquist, Chief Executive Officer, Vermont Electric Cooperative. “They are committed to their community and strive every day to provide outstanding service. If you have power, make sure to thank a lineworker!”

“We are so very proud of the hard work and dedication of our lineworkers, and this is a small way to show our respect and appreciation,” said Patty Richards, General Manager, Washington Electric Cooperative. “Our crews work tirelessly restoring power at any time of the day and on any day of the week in difficult weather conditions and often in difficult terrain. We are so very grateful for their work and service to WEC members and the State of Vermont.”

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