Electric Cooperatives dispatch second wave to Louisiana

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to about 600,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas last week dispatched 181 line workers and utility vehicles, along with construction and right-of-way equipment, to assist South Louisiana Electric Cooperative Association (SLECA) of Houma, La., in continued power restoration efforts.

Two weeks before, the cooperatives sent 209 line crews that had worked 16-hour days for 14 days. The Arkansas crews are part of a 1,100 linemen team at SLECA. SLECA estimated that about 75-80 percent of its 21,000 members had service due to the efforts of the crews. At the height of the outages, more than 94 percent of its members were without electrical service.

The second phase crews include line workers from Farmers Electric Cooperative of Newport, Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) of Little Rock, C&L Electric Cooperative of Star City, Carroll Electric Cooperative of Berryville, Clay County Electric Cooperative of Corning, Craighead Electric Cooperative of Jonesboro, Ouachita Electric Cooperative of Camden, Ozarks Electric Cooperative of Fayetteville, Petit Jean Electric Cooperative of Clinton, South Central Arkansas Electric of Arkadelphia, Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative of Texarkana and Woodruff Electric Cooperative of Forrest City.

The crews provide construction, repair and right-of-way assistance.

In addition to the crews and equipment, Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. and ERMCO have shipped more than 7,000 transformers and truckloads of power line infrastructure materials to cooperatives and municipal electric systems that were devastated by Hurricane Ida.

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