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Minnesota Co-ops Mobilize to Assist Florida’s Power Restoration Effort

Monday, September 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shari Wormwood
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(MAPLE GROVE, MINN) – Minnesota electric cooperatives mobilized lineworkers to assist crews in restoring power in parts of Florida that are being ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Fourteen lineworkers from six Minnesota electric cooperatives departed from Minnesota on Sunday, September 10. They will be working in Florida for one to two weeks. Additional crews may be gathered to assist in other parts of Florida and possibly Georgia.

 

Minnesota cooperatives sending support are:

Lake Region Electric Co-op, Pelican Rapids

McLeod Co-op Power Association, Glencoe

Meeker Cooperative, Litchfield

Minnesota Valley Electric Co-op, Jordan

Stearns Electric Association, Melrose

Todd-Wadena Electric Co-op, Wadena

Minnesota Rural Electric Association is coordinating with the Florida Electric Cooperative Association, which has seventeen member electric co-ops within the state. This crew is headed to Suwannee Valley Co-op (SVEC) in Live Oak, Florida, and should arrive by Tuesday. SVEC maintains over 4,300 miles of electric distribution lines in the Florida counties of Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette and Suwannee.


The Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) is a nonprofit trade association serving Minnesota’s electric cooperatives. MREA provides legislative and regulatory representation; director and employee education programs; technical training for electric cooperative line workers; and serves as the focal point for the cooperation among cooperatives. There are 44 distribution cooperatives and generation and transmission members of MREA.


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