Lives on the Line

April 6, 2017

We take time every year to thank the extraordinary lineworkers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities. South Plains Electric Cooperative’s service territory contains over 9,000 miles of line, that is maintained by 60 lineworkers. Without them, our world would be dark.

We depend on our entire staff every day to keep your electric co-op running smoothly, but on April 10, National Lineman Appreciation Day, we’re honoring our lineworkers, who regularly place themselves in challenging and often dangerous situations so that our lives can be brighter and safer every day. These brave men and women repair damaged equipment and maintain critical infrastructure. Without their hard work and commitment to a difficult job, our co-op and our communities would not thrive.

No matter the time—day or night, weekday or weekend—if the lights go out, so do the line crews. Perhaps you have seen them working in their bucket trucks in howling winds and torrential rains, or in freezing, icy conditions. Linemen work around the clock near high-voltage power lines until electricity is restored to every member in South Plains Electric’s service area.

In addition to aiding members in our own service territory, our lineworkers are willing and eager to volunteer when a neighboring community, county or state is in need after a major outage occurs. Several Texas co-ops came to the aid of others who suffered severe outages due to winter storms over the past few months. South Plains Electric sent two groups of linemen to Hooker, Oklahoma, to help TVEC restore power to their members.

Our lineworkers are brave, committed, selfless and critical to our success. We hope you will join us in thanking the many lineworkers, both locally and around the world, who light our lives.

Use #ThankALineman on social media to show your support.

Remember: Your power works because they do!

In the spirit of service,

Dale Ancell
General Manager