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 and provided the first electricity to Virginia consumers in 1909, and they have since provided 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 provide reliable, cost-effective local electric service to the residents of numerous Virginia cities and towns; and
WHEREAS, Virginia’s electric utilities employ electric line workers who are 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, installing electric service, repairing damage after storms, 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 devote themselves to service, and deserve the Commonwealth’s respect, admiration, and appreciation;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 12, 2018, as ELECTRIC UTILITY LINE WORKERS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.