Paducah, KY – Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative (JPEC) is sending a crew to aid a sister Cooperative in Kentucky. A two-man crew from JPEC will go to Kenergy Electric Cooperative this morning to assist with restoration efforts caused by the most recent winter weather event to impact our region. Kenergy began receiving reports of outages in their service area Wednesday evening and have continued restoration efforts through the night and into this morning where almost 2,000 consumer-members remain without electricity. Kenergy Electric Cooperative serves over 58,000 consumer-members in an area of the state northeast of the JPEC service area.
Cooperatives across the state have been paying close attention to the path of this ice storm and preparing for its impact. “12 years later, the memory of the ‘09 Ice Storm is still too fresh on our minds. We want to help Kenergy restore electricity to their consumer-members as safely and quickly as possible ahead of the bitter cold temperatures that are predicted to hit our region over the next few days” said JPEC President & CEO, Greg Grissom.
The top priority of JPEC is service to our own consumer-members. Before committing resources to mutual aid requests, JPEC ensures it has ample crews available for all local needs, including routine maintenance and emergencies.
JPEC is part of a nationwide network of electric cooperatives that assist each other in times of natural disasters. We have provided assistance numerous times to other cooperatives in Kentucky and across the southeast following hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms.
Because the national network of transmission and distribution infrastructure owned by electric cooperatives is built to federal standards, line crews from any co-op in America can arrive on the scene ready to provide emergency support, secure in their knowledge of the system’s engineering.
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Jackson Purchase Energy is a non-profit, member-owned rural electric cooperative with its headquarters in Paducah, KY. The Cooperative provides electric service to more than 30,000 consumer-members in all or portions of six counties: Ballard, Carlisle, McCracken, Graves, Marshall and Livingston counties.
Please stay safe!