Electric Utility Linemen Day


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

WHEREAS, investor-owned utilities, in Virginia as early as 1888, and providing the first electricity to the Commonwealth starting 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 several 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; 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, educating and training themselves in new technologies, and maintaining the highest standards of safety and professionalism; and 

WHEREAS, electric utility linemen often put themselves in harm’s way in order to restore power after outages caused by inclement weather and natural disaster, and always endeavor 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 April 5, 2014, as ELECTRIC UTILITY LINEMEN DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to theattention of all our citizens.