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Lives on the line

Every year, we take the time to thank our extraordinary lineworkers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities. Roanoke Electric Cooperative has 14 lineworkers that maintain 2,000+ miles of line in the cooperative’s service territory, and without them, our world would be dark. 

We depend on our entire staff to keep your cooperative running smoothly, but on April 10, 2017, we honor all lineworkers who often find themselves in dangerous and challenging situations, so our lives may be a little bit brighter and safer every day. These brave men and women repair damaged lines and maintain critical infrastructure for our communities. Without their hard work and commitment to the job, our cooperative would not thrive. No matter the time––day or night, weekday or weekend––if the lights go out, so do they.

Perhaps you have seen them raising their bucket trucks in howling winds and torrential rains, or in freezing, icy conditions. They work around the clock near high-voltage power lines until electricity is restored to every member-owner in our co-op community.

In addition to aiding member-owners in our local service territory, lineworkers are always willing and eager to volunteer when a neighboring community, county or state is in need after a major outage occurs.

“Our lineworkers are brave, committed and critical to our success,” said Curtis Wynn, president & CEO. “On April 18th, we are celebrating them for their continued selfless commitment to our cooperative and community in their daily lives,” Wynn continued. 

We hope you will join us in thanking the many lineworkers––both locally and around the world––that light our lives. Remember, your power works because they do! Use #ThankALineman on social media to show your support.

News and Events

June 09, 2017

The Roanoke-Chowan Partners for Progress Phase 2 (RCPP2) convened its quarterly meeting on Friday, June 9, at Roanoke Electric Co-op’s headquarters. RCPP2 is a local collaborative effort of community partners led by the co-op. Partners gathered to hear updates about one of the co-op’s most valued projects – Roanoke Connect.

June 08, 2017

Educators have until September 18 to be granted up to $2,000 towards their classroom project.

June 07, 2017

Two local high school seniors recently completed internships at Roanoke Electric Cooperative. 



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