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Slithery Rescue: Linemen Recall Hurricane Katrina

Monday, August 31, 2015


Dan Wooten of Dixie Electric Power Association winced slightly as he hoisted a survivor from Hurricane Katrina over his left shoulder. His reluctance was understandable—the displaced resident was a 12-foot-long python that belonged to a co-op member Wooten had helped after the storm struck. It was one of many "grin and bear it" moments for co-op linemen...

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Dave Mohre Retires from NRECA

Monday, August 31, 2015


Dave Mohre, a utility industry veteran who spent decades serving electric cooperatives and their members, is retiring from NRECA this month. Mohre, 73, has been executive director of NRECA’s energy and power division, and culminates a distinguished career in which he worked for co-ops, an investor-owned utility and various government agencies. Mohre joined NRECA as [...]

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Co-op Linemen Heading for Kuwait

Sunday, August 30, 2015


In civilian life, one is a co-op foreman; the other an apprentice. But Jay Spaans and Wade Wright won’t be worrying about power outages any time soon. Instead, they’ll be fighting the war on terror. The two are among 161 guardsmen headed to Kuwait with the 155th Engineering Company of the South Dakota National Guard. [...]

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Hurricane Katrina and Co-ops: 10 Years On

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


If Dec. 7, 1941, was a day that will live in infamy, then Aug. 29, 2005, is close behind. It was the day Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast. While much of the nation’s attention is directed at the tragedy in New Orleans, electric co-ops have their own story to tell...

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In Their Words: Electric Co-ops Reflect on Katrina

Monday, August 24, 2015


On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in electric cooperative territory, blacking out some 600,000 co-op meters in Louisiana and Mississippi. Co-ops in the two states suffered more than $360 million in damages and that doesn’t count the damage to more than 100 co-op staffers who lost everything, yet went back to work to restore power and hope. ECT.coop takes a look back on the 10th anniversary of the costliest storm to hit the United States.

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