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We're Thankful for our Sister Cooperatives

When you think about Southern Rivers Energy, you probably associate us with the local community—and you would be right. Our leadership team, Board of Directors and employees all live and work right here in the community we serve. But you may not realize that Southern Rivers Energy is actually part of a much larger cooperative network that brings additional value, tools and knowledge that benefit you, the members of the co-op.

Cooperation among Cooperatives

When severe weather is predicted for our region, we call on our sister co-ops in areas that expect to be unaffected by the approaching storm. Through this system of mutual aid, we coordinate with other co-ops to bring additional trucks, equipment and manpower to our area. We work together and share resources in order to restore power to our community. Southern Rivers Energy reciprocates by assisting other electric co-ops when they request help.

A defining characteristic of a cooperative is “cooperation among cooperatives.” Co-ops work together to meet bigger challenges such as power restoration after a severe weather event. Hundreds of lineworkers, engineers and other co-op employees have served as volunteers, bringing access to electricity and training local partners to help utilities be sustainable in their communities.

In August, after Hurricane Laura ripped down power lines, knocked out substations and flooded transformers in parts of three Southern states, a massive mutual aid effort by electric cooperatives rushed to the hardest-hit areas of Louisiana. The result: Widespread devastation of coastal communities that extended more than 100 miles inland. More than 1 million electric meters stopped, including more than 100,000 serving co-op members.

Not long ago, we needed help from our sister cooperatives in the wake of a major storm, and this time we were glad to send crews and assist other co-ops in need. Six Southern Rivers Energy linemen joined crews, contractors and volunteers from co-ops from several unaffected states who worked long hours to restore power.

November is a time of year for reflection and giving thanks. I am grateful for our sister co-ops who enable us to better serve you and our broader community. When electric co-ops collaborate, we strengthen each other and the communities we serve—and that is something in which to be truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Michael McMillan

Southern Rivers Energy President/CEO

 

SRE Hurricane Laura storm crew: (L-R) Jaret Burkett, Timothy Thompson, Brian Webb, Josh Price, Matthew Atkinson and Jonathan Nix

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