WHEREAS, Virginia’s electric utilities have a long history of responsible and reliable service to the Commonwealth and their customers since the early days of electrification in Virginia; and
WHEREAS, investor-owned utilities began operating in Virginia as early as 1888, providing the first electricity to the Commonwealth starting in 1909, and have served their ratepayers well, providing reliable electric service to Virginia consumers; and
WHEREAS, in the 1930s, electricity made its way into the farms, homes, towns, and villages of rural America and the Commonwealth, thanks to the creation of Rural Electric Cooperatives, electricity providers owned by those they serve, to whom they provide reliable, affordable power; and
WHEREAS, municipal utilities also play an important role in electrifying the Commonwealth, providing reliable, cost-effective local electric service to the residents of numerous Virginia cities and towns; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s electric utilities employ a special class of employees – electric line workers – responsible for building and maintaining the distribution lines that bring electricity to customers’ homes and businesses; and
WHEREAS, electric utility line workers consistently and valiantly serve Virginians by providing reliable, affordable electricity, and do so by installing electric service, repairing damage after storms, providing for their own continuing education and training, and maintaining the highest standards of safety and professionalism, often putting themselves in harm’s way in order to restore power after outages caused by inclement weather or a natural disaster; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s electric utility line workers and their example of service above self are deserving of the respect, admiration, and appreciation of all the citizens of the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 11, 2019, as ELECTRIC UTILITY LINE WORKERS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.