HWEC Sends 4 To Georgia

Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative sent four linemen to Georgia to assist in power restoration efforts resulting from Hurricane Irma.


Holmes-Wayne Electric’s linemen are among the 69 linemen from Ohio electric co-ops who will be helping restore power in the service territories of Georgia co-ops Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) and Jackson EMC. As of Tuesday morning, Tri-County EMC had 17,600 of their 21,000 members without power, while Jackson EMC had 63,000 of their 220,000 members without power.


“One of the fundamental principles of electric co-ops is what we call cooperation among cooperatives, which stipulates that co-ops come to each other’s aid in times of need,” said Glenn Miller, President/CEO of Holmes-Wayne Electric.  “When we heard that our co-op friends in Georgia needed our help, we didn’t hesitate to answer the call.”


Mutual aid efforts are being coordinated by Columbus-based Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, the statewide trade association for Ohio’s 25 electric co-ops.


Holmes-Wayne Electric Cooperative is a Touchstone Energy® Cooperative, serves over 18,000 meters in Holmes, Wayne, Ashland, Medina, Stark, Coshocton, Knox and Tuscarawas counties.