Line technicians play an important role in the local communities served by Great River Energy’s 28 member-owner cooperatives by bringing the power back on in the dead of night and cold of winter.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association dedicates the second Monday in April as a time to thank and recognize line technicians and the important work they do in all communities.
Great River Energy’s 35 line technicians help maintain more than 5,200 miles of transmission power lines in Minnesota and North Dakota.
“Line technicians keep the lights on for our communities,” said Roger Kiefer, transmission construction and maintenance manager at Great River Energy. “We could not provide the reliable electric service we all enjoy if it weren’t for them. In the past year, these line technicians have continued to provide an essential service through the pandemic, while building and maintaining new transmission lines and substations — all to bring reliable electricity to our member-owners. Please take some time to thank them for their essential service as they work for all of us who flip a switch.”
Great River Energy encourages others to celebrate line technicians and the work they do. Take a moment to thank all line technicians by posting on social media or creating a sign to display while they work.