REC names Director of Operations and Construction Services

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced the promotion of Arthur Wholely to the Director of Operations and Construction Services.

This role oversees System Operations which includes managing field crews, coordinating mutual aid during major outages, transmission outage planning, and communications between all substations and REC’s various groups.

Wholely began his career at REC as a meter tester and has worked his way up to his previous role of System Operations Supervisor.

He is a graduate of Liberty University and the current Fire Chief of Bowling Green Volunteer Fire Department, where he resides.

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REC announces a rate increase likely due to supply increases

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) announced in an email to its member owners that a rate increase may be necessary.

Due to a significant increase in the cost of electricity the cooperative receives to deliver to its member owners the cost is likely to increase.

These increases have been caused by the ongoing supply chain issues and spike in the cost of fuel used to generate your electricity.

As a result as of August 1 you may see an additional 10 to 16 percent increase based on your usage and rate.

The change will be reflected in the power cost adjustment line item on your bill and is directly related to the increase in supply cost.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to REC at 1-800-552-3904.

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REC Announces Applications for The Power of Change

The Power of Change from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is now accepting applications from local nonprofits seeking funding to support their communities. Across REC’s service territory, numerous nonprofits could benefit from funding, and The Power of Change is the perfect opportunity to help meet their needs.

“Over 30,000 REC member-owners round up their monthly electric bill or make other monetary donations to The Power of Change,” said Casey Hollins, Managing Director – Communications and Public Relations. “Twice each year, those donations are awarded to local nonprofits so that they can accomplish their mission and support their community.”

The Power of Change has awarded funds to a variety of nonprofits, including crisis support services, community reading programs, volunteer fire departments, environmental programs, performing arts centers and organizations that help feed families. “The funds donated by REC’s member-owners go right back into their community, allowing them to make a difference where they live and work,” added Hollins. “We encourage nonprofits to apply today so the funds raised by REC members can make a difference for your organization.”

If your nonprofit needs funding to complete or start a project, apply to The Power of Change. Visit thepowerofchange.org, fill out the application and return it to REC by 5 p.m. on Aug. 10.

REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit www.myrec.coop. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Click here for Power of Change Applications.

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REC restores power following storms

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative restored power to most of their members who experienced outages during Wednesday’s storms.

Most outages were due to uprooted or broken trees near power lines and poles.

As of 2 pm, under 360 members remained without power.

Those homes were in the hardest hit areas of northern Culpeper and Fauquier counties.

REC wants members to keep in mind that repairs must be done in a sequential manner with main lines coming first then individual tap lines.

For the latest information, head to www.myrec.coop.

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REC responds to power loss from the storms

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Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) reports that they and mutual aid crews are responding as quickly and safely as possible after the June 22 storms.

As of  last night more than 13,000 member owners remained without power after what has been described as tornado like damage in an email from REC.

Nearly 180 separate outage events have been reported.

Crews continue to discover broken poles and downed wires and trees.

In the Warrenton area at least seven poles in a row were found to be broken along Route 211.

Severe weather throughout the evening complicated restoration efforts as crews continue to work to restore power.

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative reminds citizens to remain safe if you find a downed wire stay away from.

Always assume the wire is energized stay at least 10 feet away from it and anything in contact with it.

Call 911 as well as the Cooperative to report any downed wires.

Always unplug any appliances that may have been on when power went out as it will be in the same mode when power returns.

Always report power outages even if you believe neighbors have done so.

Report an outage and find progress of restoration efforts using your smart phone at myrec.coop or right here.

A direct link to all things REC is found here.

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REC is prepared for potential outages

In an email from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) they confirmed they are ready for outages.

The potential of a strong winter storm is expected today Jan. 28 bringing wet snow, strong winds and cold temperatures to the region.

Some areas will be hit harder then others in both Virginia it is likely that the northeast will be hardest hit.

REC already have crews on standby for any potential outages in the areas they serve.

The cooperative has materials like poles, transformers and fuses at the ready for immediate dispatch when needed.

REC is urging members to prepare before the storm hits as well.

You will find a great deal of information to prepare at myrec.coop.

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News Maker Brian Wolfe on REC Scholarship deadline for applying

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has 17 scholarships available for students in high school or universities, colleges and or trade schools.

We spoke with Senior Public Relations Specialist for REC Brian Wolfe in our latest news maker.

The good news is brought to you by The Town of Front Royal.

Brian explains how much the scholarships are worth.

He also tells us that the deadline for applying is tomorrow Tues. Jan. 25.

Brian tells us how the scholarships are awarded and how to apply.

To apply and find out more visit rec.coop/scholarships.

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REC accepting applications for several scholarships

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) announced in an email that they are accepting applications for several scholarships.

There are two scholarships for $2,500 and 15 scholarships for $1,000.

These scholarships are available to any high school student who will attend an accredited college, university or career and technical school.

The scholarships are also available to any student who currently is in any of those institutions.

One of the qualifications includes the applicant’s parent or guardian being a current member owner of REC.

Applications must be submitted by Tues. Jan. 25 and are available along with additional details at rec.coop.

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REC continues to make progress in the full restoration of power

An email from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) confirmed that approximately 6,000 members are now left without power as of Sun. evening Jan. 9.

That is great strides in progress from the 98,000 total outages reported at the peak of last Mon.’s Jan. 3 storm.

REC crews, contractors and a mutual aid army from 10 different states are working tirelessly through the elements and expect full restoration in the coming days.

The army of employees have worked to replace 520 broken power poles, transformers and have strung new wire.

Replacement of poles alone can take hours at a time according to the email.

Then making necessary repairs to equipment to find more damaged equipment as they progress is time consuming.

REC’s Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins stresses that crews are making great strides each day in repairing the damage.

Hollins adds that members without power have not been forgotten and power is being restored as quickly as possible.

Pertinent information on restoration as well as warming stations for those in need is available at myrec.coop.

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REC continues restoring power

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative restored power at thousands of members’ homes on Friday who lost power from Thursday’s snowstorm.

Roughly 21,000 locations remain without power.

REC estimates that the majority of those will be resolved by the end of the weekend.

REC has benefited from the help of hundreds of mutual aid crews from across the country to work alongside their field employees in continuing repairs.

Progress updates can be checked through their newly enhanced outage map located at myrec.coop or RECs social media pages.

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