They set out in the dead of night or the cold of winter to bring back your power. They climb poles, work from bucket trucks and maintain energized lines. On April 8, line technicians will be recognized in our local community as part of National Lineworker Appreciation Day.
Great River Energy, member-owned power supplier to 28 distribution co-ops, has line crews in nine service centers throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.
“Line technicians keep the lights on for our member-owner cooperatives,” said Roger Kiefer, transmission construction and maintenance manager. “Great River Energy could not provide the reliable electric service we all enjoy if it weren’t for them. Please take some time to thank them for their service as they work for all of us who flip a switch.”
Great River Energy has 35 linemen who maintain more than 5,600 miles of transmission power lines in Minnesota and North Dakota. In addition to lines owned by Great River Energy, they also maintain lines for other utilities in the state including the CapX2020 owners. Great River Energy maintains excellent transmission reliability through effective maintenance and restoration practices and by building strong relationships with other neighboring utilities.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association has dedicated the second Monday in April as a time to thank and recognize linemen and the important work they do in our communities.
Great River Energy invites you to take a moment to thank a line technician for bringing light and electricity to our homes, schools, farms and businesses. They play a vital role in keeping our electric system running efficiently and reliably.