Co-op Sending Mutual Aid to Beauregard Electric Cooperative
Paducah, KY – Jackson Purchase Energy Cooperative (JPEC), along with nine other electric cooperatives through-out Kentucky are sending mutual assistance to Louisiana. A four-man crew from JPEC left for DeRidder, LA this morning to aid a sister cooperative in southwestern Louisiana. Beauregard Electric Cooperative serves over 42,000 consumer-members in an area of the state just north of Lake Charles. The storm caused substantial damage to the infrastructure of the co-op and has left 100% of their consumer-members without power—an event seen for only the third time in its 80-year history, including Hurricane Rita in 2005, Hurricane Laura just six weeks ago, and now Hurricane Delta.
Cooperatives across the state have been paying close attention to the path of Hurricane Delta as it approached the storm torn area of Lake Charles. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families who are beginning the process of picking up and rebuilding” said JPEC President & CEO, Greg Grissom, “we hope that the crew from JPEC can help in some way with that process.”
Just last month, JPEC deployed a crew to assist in restoration efforts with Hurricane Sally. 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.
When mutual aid is provided, crews work to restore power as safely and quickly as possible. 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.
JPEC is part of a nationwide network of electric cooperatives that assist each other in times of natural disasters. JPEC has provided aid numerous times to other cooperatives across the southeast following hurricanes, tornadoes and ice storms.
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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.
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