NPPD observing Lineworker Appreciation Day April 11

April 8, 2016

Columbus, Neb. – Nebraska Public Power District joins other electric utilities and residents across Nebraska in recognizing Monday, April 11 as Lineworker Appreciation Day.

This day of recognition allows Nebraskans to take a moment to honor the men and women who work each day to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of electricity throughout the state.

“We often take for granted the quality of life that reliable and affordable electricity provides us,” said NPPD Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tom Kent. “Each day more than 1,300 lineworkers in Nebraska ensure electricity is there for all citizens of the state around the clock. Lineworker Appreciation Day is a day to share our gratitude and honor their dedication and skill.”

Nebraska’s electricity is generated by power plants connected to a complex electrical grid consisting of more than 6,000 miles of transmission and 100,000 miles of sub-transmission and distribution lines that deliver energy to homes, businesses, hospitals, churches and schools throughout the state. Nebraska’s lineworkers maintain and repair this vast electric infrastructure, at times during inclement weather such as blizzards, thunderstorms, floods or other hazards.

“When most Nebraskans are taking shelter from storms, Nebraska’s lineworkers are called upon to head out into storms to ensure the reliability of the state’s electrical grid,” said NPPD Transmission and Distribution Manager Joel Dagerman. “Our crews understand the conditions they must deal with in keeping the lights on, and they do it safely and as quickly as possible.”

To participate in honoring lineworkers and their families use the hashtag #ThankALineworker in social media. If you see a lineworker, take a moment to thank them for all they do to keep the lights on, ensuring and enhancing the quality of life for all Nebraskans.

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