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MEA Celebrates National Lineman Appreciation Day

Palmer, AK – Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) joins the U.S. Senate in recognizing April 18, 2013, as National Lineman Appreciation Day. The Senate passed a resolution Wednesday honoring lineworkers for their efforts at keeping power flowing to our homes and businesses.

Across the nation, more than 19,000 men and women maintain 2.5 million miles of line for electric cooperatives, public power districts, and public utilities. MEA currently has sixteen linemen who work in the field, maintaining approximately 4,000 miles of transmission and distribution line spread out over an area the size of the state of West Virginia.

“I am immensely proud of our line crews. In a hostile environment with high winds, snow and ice, and bitter cold these brave men go out to do a job that no one would want to do. They do that job with skill and professionalism, and are truly a credit to our utility,” says MEA General Manager Joe Griffith.

Nationally, a bill introduced by U.S. Senators Jonny Isakson (R-GA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) “recognizing linemen, the profession of linemen, the contributions of these brave men and women who protect public safety” was passed by unanimous consent. The resolution recognizes that lineworkers are often the first responders during storms and other catastrophic events, must often work in dangerous conditions to construct and maintain the energy infrastructure of the Unite States, and put their lives on the line every day with little recognition from the community regarding the danger of their work.

“It is high time that lineworkers were recognized like this,” said Griffith. “Everywhere across our service territory and around the country, lineworkers have a single mission – power on.”

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