NEWS FROM RAPPAHANNOCK ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE
REC urges members to beware of anyone calling to demand immediate payment for services from the co-op. Callers may claim the electric service will be disconnected unless the bill is immediately paid.
REC's annual community event, Get Connected, attracted more than 500 members to Lydia’s Barn in Stanardsville. REC employees connected with residents of Greene County and surrounding areas as they gathered for an evening of food, entertainment, learning about their Cooperative and - mostly - community.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) and mutual aid crews worked through the night to restore service to members who lost power during what the National Weather Service described as a “mini derecho” Monday night. As of 9 this morning, approximately 1,600 members remain without power.
Power restoration efforts will continue overnight after storms packing winds of up to 75 mph barreled through REC's service territory Monday evening, knocking out power to more than 38,000 members at the storm's peak.
Strong thunderstorms with gusty winds crashed through Rappahannock Electric Cooperative's (REC) service territory Monday evening, snapping trees, downing wires and knocking out power to more than 38,000 members. About 12,000 remained without power as of 7:30 this morning.
REC has made its grant application available to emergency service agencies, community non-profits, and educators for 2018. The grants are made possible through REC's community grant program, which provides supplemental funding for projects that will positively impact members of the cooperative. Completed applications must be returned to one of REC's offices, or postmarked, by April 13, 2018.
REC crews completed the weeklong, tedious task of restoring outages caused by the 36-hour windstorm that thrashed REC's 22-county service territory. The final outages persisted in REC's western region, which saw wind gusts up to 78 mph. Restoration was completed yesterday evening.
REC and mutual aid crews entered the homestretch today as they race to restore service to the final few hundred members who remain without power after last week's 36-hour windstorm. All storm-related outages should be restored by later today.
Crews continued to tackle devastating damage in REC's western territory today, replacing poles, setting transformers and rebuilding electric lines battered by last week's 36-hour wind storm.
REC and an additional 200 mutual aid workers from Virginia and out-of-state electric co-ops have restored more than 92 percent of the outages caused by the catastrophic wind storm that hammered the state last week.
REC continues to discover more broken poles and extensive damage as crews make their way into previously inaccessible areas, especially west of State Route 29, as well as Route 17 corridor in Southern Fauquier.
While members in REC's Eastern territory of Caroline, Essex, Hanover, King and Queen, King William, Louisa and Spotsylvania will see service restored today, some members west of State Route 29 may not see service restored until Wednesday.
REC and mutual aid crews again worked through the night to restore service to about 5,000 members who lost power during the powerful wind storm. As of 8 a.m., more than 16,000 members remained without power, and restoration efforts will continue beyond this weekend.
Over 250 workers and REC employees continue around-the-clock efforts to restore power to more than 23,000 members who remain without service. That workforce, about double REC's normal force of line personnel, includes REC crews and more than 50 crews from other cooperatives.
REC crews worked nonstop overnight to restore power to several thousand members who lost service during the extended and dangerous wind storm that roared through REC's 22-county service territory. REC cautions that many of the outages may extend beyond this weekend into next week.
More than 40,000 REC members remain without power Friday evening as the dangerous wind storm continues to pummel the Cooperative’s 22-county service territory.REC cautions that many of the outages may extend beyond this weekend and into next week.
REC's crews will continue to work as long as they can do so safely. Right-of-way and power line contractors are assisting REC, and additional assistance has been requested from other cooperatives. Sustained winds of 30 mph with gusts over 50 mph are expected to continue through tonight.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative crews are preparing for possible power outages due to the major wind storm expected to impact REC's entire 22-county service territory.
Casey Marie Hollins has recently been promoted to director of communications and public relations for REC. In her new role, Hollins leads REC's communications and public relations department, which facilitates the Cooperative's internal and external communications, digital and social media, public and media relations, and school and community involvement programs.
To show the importance of being involved in the legislative process, REC recently hosted its annual Richmond Youth Legislative Day. Sudents from REC's 2017 Washington Youth Tour program traveled to Richmond to view state government in action.
Ann M. Lewis was recently promoted to director of member services and community relations for REC. In her new role, Lewis oversees the member services department in the Cooperative's Eastern Region, based out of the Bowling Green office in Caroline County.
On Tuesday, January 30, REC, along with three fellow Virginia electric cooperatives, began seeking formal approval of a pilot program to provide additional solar energy to interested members. If approved, the Community Solar Pilot Project will allow members of the cooperative to subscribe to solar energy generated from two facilities in Virginia.
David M. "Maxie" Rozell Jr. was recently selected to be manager of REC's Eastern Region, based in Bowling Green. Rozell is responsible for the eastern region distribution operations and construction. He will oversee vegetation management services, fleet management and contracts and permitting throughout REC.
In the fall, the Board of Directors of REC announced the Region IX director vacancy in Cooperative Living magazine and in several newspapers. Region IX covers the counties of Essex, King and Queen, and King William. After interviewing all candidates, the Board took action to appoint Eugene L. Campbell Jr. to the position. In accordance with the Bylaws, Campbell began serving the Region IX term effective January 17, 2018.
Picture this: an opportunity to travel to Washington D.C., meeting nearly 2,000 other students, a tour of Capitol Hill, meeting congressional representatives, a Potomac River cruise, touring museums like the National Museum of African American History, and so much more!
During December and January, REC service area experienced record-breaking cold temperatures that put heating systems into overdrive and increased electricity use.
REC is excited to announce The Power of Change application is now available. Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply.
REC is now accepting applications for its 2018 Community Scholarship program. For the first time ever, REC is now offering one-time $1,000 scholarships to current college students, along with current high school seniors.
In her new role, Patricia James Hatcher is responsible for assisting the manager of human resources and employee development in overseeing the day-to-day human resource operations. She has the primary responsibility for directing the staff and in executing personnel policies and practices.
REC's restoration efforts are under way as crews work to repair damaged lines and equipment from this weekend’s winter storm.
Jeff Hinson has recently been promoted to director of member services and community relations for REC.
Over 16,000 members of REC voluntarily participate in The Power of Change, a program through which the Cooperative rounds up electric bills to the nearest whole dollar, with the extra change used to support community efforts.
The Cooperative was honored for its long commitment to the Virginia agricultural community.
Smart, Efficient, and Progressing with You REC's Annual Meeting took place Aug. 10 at the Fredericksburg Conference Center. More than 6,100 REC members participated either in person or by proxy.
John D. Hewa has joined REC's executive management team, where he will oversee several functional areas including Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Safety and Security, and Technical Services.
REC recently received national recognition for excellence in its communications efforts. Recognition was awarded by two organizations that promote effective communications: the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's (NRECA) Council of Rural Electric Communicators, and the Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA).
REC recently awarded $16,000 in grants to non-profits, emergency service agencies, and local schools. The grants are made possible through REC's LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) program.
This year seven students from REC's service territory had the opportunity to participate in the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour.
For the fifteenth consecutive year, REC has been named a Tree Line USA utility by The National Arbor Day Foundation.
REC has filed a rate application with the State Corporation Commission (SCC) to adjust its rate structure and rates effective in 2018.
Safety, precision and teamwork were on display over the weekend at the 15th Annual Terex Gaff-n-Go Lineman & Equipment Operator's Rodeo held at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va. Competing with other utilities from across the mid-Atlantic states, several REC linemen participated.
What did REC employees and the Board of Directors do Wednesday night? They hosted the "Get Connected" event for hundreds of their members. This year's event was held in Tappahannock.
Volunteerism, resourcefulness, and determination are characteristics exhibited by those seeking to reach their lifelong dreams of a being a nurse, engineer, teacher or one of many other career paths. REC recently awarded $16,000 in LEARN scholarships to students exhibiting these qualities.
You wake up each day, flip the switch on and power through your day. It may have never occurred to you that the very company delivering the electricity to power your every day would also help send your child to college. That’s exactly what happened to twelve high school seniors whose families receive electricity from REC.
David Johnson is now the primary contact for designated key accounts and large power activities for members in the southern portion of REC’s service area. He will work primarily from REC’s Bowling Green office.
The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office arrested Teddy Eugene Speights Jr (47) and charged him with multiple violations stemming from an intensive investigation into multiple incidents where electrical substations in Louisa County were broken into and vandalized.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of REC Board member William E. Lane. William passed away Friday, March 31.
REC is reporting that under 450 outages remain in the wake of yesterday's severe weather event. Line crews worked around the clock to restore power to over 20,000 REC members after storms passed through the service area on Thursday, April 6.
Restoration efforts are under way, but with the significant damage that we are uncovering full restoration may take multiple days. REC urges its members and the public to stay safe in these hazardous conditions.
Sheriff Roger L. Harris announced the arrest of Teddy Eugene Speights Jr. (47) of Louisa County, VA - charging him with Destruction of Property, Larceny and Trespassing. Teddy was detained by Louisa County Sheriff’s deputies and transported to a medical facility to be evaluated. Further charges are pending in Louisa County.
Over 14,000 members of REC voluntarily participate in The Power of Change, a program where the Cooperative rounds up electric bills to the nearest whole dollar, with the extra change used to support community efforts.
During its Annual Meeting in San Diego on Feb. 27, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) selected REC CEO and president Kent Farmer as its secretary-treasurer of the CFC Board of Directors.
A local retiree's volunteer community-improvement efforts, including work to improve trails within our nation's historic battlefields, has earned him a statewide honor bestowed by Virginia's electric cooperatives. REC member and Lake Wilderness resident Dorse Counts received the Unsung Virginian Award in a ceremony in Spotsylvania.
REC crews are nearing completion of their restoration effort from the effects of winter storm Stella. Over 5,500 members were without service at the height of the storm, and as of 4:30 p.m. 125 members remain without electricity.
REC will award $16,000 in grants to emergency service agencies, community non-profits, and educators in 2017.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of REC Board member William "Bill" Alphin. Bill passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017.
Picture this: a free trip to Washington D.C., meeting over 1,000 other students, a tour of Capitol Hill, meeting a congressional representative, and so much more! All of this is available through REC's Youth Tour Program and open to high school students in REC's service territory.
REC is now accepting applications for its 2016 LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) Scholarship program. To be eligible, a student must be a current high school senior and be enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited educational or training institution.
As a result of a combination of efforts by Cooperatives members to reduce demand for electricity and changes in the wholesale power market, members will soon see an average bill credit of more than $5 on their monthly electric bills.
REC is excited to announce Operation Round Up funds are now available. Non-profit organizations and charities are encouraged to apply.
Kent Farmer was recently named the 2016 Business Person of the Year by the Caroline County Chamber of Commerce. Farmer accepted the honor at the Chamber’s annual holiday gala held in Ladysmith.
This holiday season, give your friends and loved ones the gift of electricity. REC offers gift certificates to help members during one of the most expensive times of the year.
REC returned over $3 million in capital credits to members noted as a credit on their November electric bills.
Each month, over 11,000 members of REC voluntarily allow the Cooperative to round up their electric payment to the nearest dollar with the extra change donated to Operation Round Up.
With help from a LEARN (Literacy, Education and Rural Networking) grant provided by REC, the Free Medical Clinic of Northern Shenandoah Valley will be able to expand their Project FIRST program. The program provides free screenings for risk factors of certain chronic conditions.
REC crews are preparing for the possibility of power outages due to Hurricane Matthew. Although the projected course has shifted direction, wind and rain are still in the forecast for Saturday.
With a grant from the LEARN (Literacy, Education and Rural Networking) program at REC, the Caroline County Department of Emergency Services has been able to purchase quick-clot bandages and chest seals.
Hunting season is underway, and REC has important tips for hunters to ensure their safety and the safety of others. "We want all of our members, as well as employees, to have a safe and enjoyable hunting season," said Maxie Rozell, manager of safety, security and risk management at REC.
At the Sept. 8 National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC) District 1 Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, delegates re-elected Kent Farmer to a second, three-year term on the CFC Board of Directors. Farmer is president and CEO of REC.
Bruce "Tosh" Bowe Jr. has recently been promoted to director of procurement and facilities management for REC.
REC's Annual Meeting took place Aug. 11 at the Fredericksburg Conference Center. Over 6,300 Cooperative members participated either in person or by proxy. Those present received, from REC's leadership, a review of the past year, updates about the Cooperative's financial strength, and a preview of plans for the future.
July 27, 2016
With heat indexes topping 105 this week, REC wants to ensure that members understand their energy usage and how it translates to their electricity bill.
July 26, 2016
REC recently awarded $16,000 in grants to emergency service agencies, non-profits and local schools. The grants are made possible through REC's LEARN (Literacy, Education, and Rural Networking) program.
July 7, 2016
REC was recently recognized with national awards for communication excellence. REC has always recognized the importance of connecting with member-owners in ways to keep them educated, engaged and informed.
June 30, 2016
What do you get when you add seven students to a mix of 1,700 of their peers from across the United States? You get the National Rural Electric Cooperative Youth Tour! This year seven students from REC service territory were awarded this opportunity.
June 21, 2016
Casey Hollins, REC's (REC) communications specialist, recently received national recognition from her peers at the Cooperative Communicators Association (CCA) at the CCA Institute in Omaha, Neb.
June 20, 2016
REC crews worked nonstop through Saturday night to restore power to more than 18,000 members who lost electric service in Thursday night's storm. By Saturday morning, that number was down to under 500. All outages were restored by about 9 p.m. Saturday evening.
June 17, 2016
As of 4:30 p.m.,REC crews have restored power to approximately 85 percent of the members who lost electricity during last night's powerful storms. About 1,700 members remain without electricity. More than 145 separate outage locations are yet to be repaired. Crews will continue to work around the clock in 16 hour shifts until all power is restored.
June 17, 2016
Damage is extensive and widespread with several broken poles and trees on the lines, throughout REC's 22-county service territory. REC's restoration efforts are well under way as crews worked through the night to repair damaged lines and equipment from the storms.
June 13, 2016
REC recently awarded $16,000 in LEARN scholarships to recognize outstanding student achievement. "LEARN" is an acronym for Learning, Education, And Rural Networking. The scholarships are awarded to select graduating high school seniors from the communities served by REC.
June 6, 2016
Linemen from REC participated in the 14th Annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman's Rodeo, held June 3-4 at Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va. This event gets its name from the gaff - or metal spike - that linemen attach to their boots to assist in climbing wooden utility poles.
June 1, 2016
Lawrence G. "Larry" Andrews has recently been promoted to Manager of Administrative Services/Controller for REC. Prior to assuming his new position, Andrews was director of finance and accounting. In that role, he oversaw and monitored controls, policies, and procedures to maintain the financial integrity of REC.
May 31, 2016
The public can get a closer look at the skills and equipment used by electric utility linemen on June 3-4 when teams from Virginia and surrounding states compete in the 14th annual Gaff-n-Go Lineman's Rodeo and the Terex® Equipment Operator's Rodeo at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Virginia.
May 20, 2016
For the fourteenth consecutive year, REC has been named a Tree Line USA utility by The National Arbor Day Foundation. This national recognition of excellence has only been earned by approximately 4% of electric utilities, and only 3 in Virginia.
May 19, 2016
May is National Electrical Safety Month and REC is teaming up with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety.
April 20, 2016
Over 500 people attended REC's "Get Connected" night at the Clarke County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, April 19. REC hosted the event to provide its members an opportunity to interact with their Cooperative. The member-focused night featured free entertainment, family activities and food.
April 11, 2016
America's electric cooperatives have designated the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day.
March 25, 2016
Several local charities were awarded funding this month from Operation Round Up dollars, including The disAbility Resource Center of the Rappahannock Area to purchase medical equipment and Friends of the Rappahannock to support educational programs.
March 7, 2016
REC will award $16,000 in grants to emergency service agencies, non-profits and local educators in 2016. The grants are made possible through REC's LEARN (Literacy, Education and Rural Networking) program. Completed applications must be returned to one of REC's offices or be postmarked by April 15, 2016.
Feb. 25, 2016
REC crews worked through the night to restore power to more than 8,000 members who lost electricity during last night’s powerful storms. With the exception of about 300 outages in Essex - where the storms caused devastating damage - all other outages have been restored.
Feb. 24, 2016
Restoration efforts are underway, but with the significant damage that we are uncovering, we are expecting power will not be restored until Thursday afternoon. REC urges its members and the public to stay safe in these hazardous conditions.
Feb. 17, 2016
With Co-op Connections, REC members save 10 to 85 percent on prescriptions at over 60,000 participating pharmacies including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target and many more.
Feb. 3, 2016
At the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Gala, REC received the Chamber's Community Impact Award, given to a business or organization that expands opportunities to improve lives in the local community.
Jan. 25, 2016
Don't let a heat pump covered in ice or snow become the cause of your higher than normal electric bill. Do something about it now, so you don't end up paying for it later.
Jan. 18, 2016
To participate, students must be a high school junior with a parent or guardian who is a member-owner of REC. Completed applications must contain a sample letter to an elected official.
VIDEOS: REC Responds to Wind Storm
Check out video footage our REC and mutual aid crews repairing damage and restoring service during Winter Storm Riley.
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