REC Aggressively Working to Restore Power

March 4, 2018

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.

About 1,000 separate outage events remain. Each represents anywhere from one outage to several hundred. While the outages are widespread among REC's 22-county service territory, the bulk of the outages remain in the western counties of Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Madison, Rappahannock, and Warren. Many of the outages require significant repairs to infrastructure.

More than 100 line workers from other electric co-ops in Virginia and three other states have joined REC crews as restoration and repairs continue into a third full day. Because of the extensive damage, REC is unable to share estimated restoration times. However, an updated list of general work locations will be released later this morning and will be available on REC's website,

Safety is always a top priority for our employees and members.

  • Downed power lines and trees touching the lines are extremely dangerous.
  • Please be on the lookout for downed lines and be aware that hazardous conditions may still exist.
  • If you see a downed line, report it by contacting REC or 911, and keep others away from the line.

REC provides electric service to over 165,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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VIDEOS: REC Responds to Wind Storm
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Check out video footage our REC and mutual aid crews repairing damage and restoring service.