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Blue Ridge crews that fully restored power in the mountains of North Carolina are now headed north to assist utilities that still have thousands still in the dark today. Photo submitted

Originally published: 2012-11-01 13:15:24
Last modified: 2012-11-01 13:15:24

Blue Ridge Electric crews head north

With all members of Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation fully restored with power and damage to the electric system repaired, the cooperative is sending crews today to the Northeast where the impact of Hurricane Sandy continues to leave millions without power, the cooperative said.

Blue Ridge Electric will assist FirstEnergy, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities serving 6 million customers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland.

Twenty line technicians from Blue Ridge will report today to West Virginia. At the height of the storm, FirstEnergy had a reported 2.2 million customers without power. Blue Ridge crews join more than 14,000 personnel working around the clock for FirstEnergy to repair damage and restore power to thousands still without power.

“We’re thankful we were able to get our members fully restored with power by Tuesday evening and are now in a good position to assist others with their power restoration efforts," said Doug Johnson, chief executive officer of Blue Ridge Electric. "Electricity is a necessity that powers our communities and every part of our personal and business lives, so we feel very passionate about sharing our expertise to help others."

Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation is an electric cooperative serving 74,000 members in the northwest North Carolina counties of Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Alexander and Wilkes counties.

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