2015 Electric Utility Linemen Day


WHEREAS, Virginia’s electric utilities have a long history of responsible and reliable service to the Commonwealth and their customers since the early days of electrification in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, investor-owned utilities, began in Virginia as early as 1888, and provided the first electricity to the Commonwealth in 1909, have served their ratepayers well, providing reliable, environmentally-sensitive electric service to Virginia consumers; and

WHEREAS, beginning in the 1930s, the provision of electricity began to make its way into the farms, homes, towns, and villages of rural America and the Commonwealth thanks to the creation of Rural Electric Cooperatives, which are electricity providers owned by those they serve, to whom they provide reliable, affordable power; and

WHEREAS, municipal utilities also play an important role in electrifying the Commonwealth, providing reliable, cost-effective local electric service to the residents of numerous Virginia cities and towns; and

WHEREAS, Virginia’s electric utilities employ a special class of employees—electric linemen—responsible for building and maintaining the distribution lines that bring electricity to customers’ homes and businesses, constantly devoting themselves to their duty; and

WHEREAS, electric utility linemen consistently and valiantly serve all Virginians, providing them with reliable, affordable electricity, and do so by installing electric service, repairing damage after storms, providing for their own continuing education and training, and maintaining the highest standards of safety and professionalism, often putting themselves in harm’s way in order to restore power after outages caused by inclement weather and natural disaster, and always endeavoring to “keep the lights on;” and

WHEREAS, the linemen of Virginia’s electric utilities and their example of service above self are deserving of the respect, admiration and appreciation of all the citizens of the Commonwealth;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 28, 2015, as ELECTRIC UTILITY LINEMEN DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.