REC awards $20,000 in scholarships to local students

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) announced the awarding of  $20,000 in scholarships to local students.

The scholarships are awarded to students looking to advance their education and career goals.

Some of the scholarship funds went to 4 local students this year.

Frederick County Virginia Commonwealth University student Sanae Stokes received a $2,500 scholarship.

Sherando High School students Jona Benson and Hunter Legge received a $1,000 scholarship each.

Virginia Tech student Alexis Dennis of Frederick County also received a $1,000 scholarship as did Clarke County homeschool student Julia McKenzie.

Scholarships are awarded each year with applications open for 2024 here and must be submitted by February 9.

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REC receives $38 million grant for infrastructure improvements

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced yesterday that they will receive a $38 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The grant was funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and was part of 58 projects announced across 44 states totaling $3.8 billion.

Member-owners of the co-op will see energy savings, improved reliability, and increased value as a result.

Some of the improvements made over the next five years of this project will include:

  • Advanced metering infrastructure which will help members increase their home or businesses energy efficiency
  • Energy audits to help building owners identify opportunities to conserve energy and save money
  • The continued buildout of REC’s fiber network
  • Upgrades to improve resilience of the electric grid to restore power more quickly following an outage

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News Maker Casey Hollins REC and tree and vegetation maintenance

Recently we have experienced a number of power outages in several communities.

Often trees are the cause of the disruptions.

We spoke to Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins about the outages in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Casey explains how REC cuts back on both trees and outages.

She explains that the cooperative has regular maintenance with a whole division that works year around to cut back on branches and more.

Casey goes on to explain how we can help in the effort by both reporting possible trouble spots to avoiding future problems when planting.

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News Maker Casey Hollins of REC on home Solar Power

Have you ever considered Solar Power for your home?

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) has the pros and cons of home Solar Power.

We spoke to the Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Casey has the pros and cons of home Solar Power.

She does confirm that Solar Power isn’t for ever home and in fact is not suitable for every home.

Casey also tells us the best way to find if it is a good fit for your home and more.

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Few power outages remain after intense storm

Power providers across the region report as of 5 a.m. August 8 approximately 700 people are still without power.

The areas affected are isolated from Berryville to the Stanley area to the south with more isolated outages in the east Flint Hill, Warrenton, Auburn areas.

As of 5 a.m. approximately 70 active outages are being reported by power providers.

Crews from both Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) and Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperatives (SVEC) are working as fast and safely as possible as conditions improve.

At one point almost 7,000 customers were without power with more than 100 damaged sites reported.

To report an outages with REC click here in the SVEC service area click here.

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News Maker Casey Hollins on tools to keep REC bills low

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) would like to help reduce high energy bills this summer.

We spoke with the Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins in our latest news maker.

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Casey tells us of the tools that REC has available to help members of the Cooperative save at myrec.coop.

She also has a couple of tips on things you can do right now to save on those bills.

Casey also tells us what you can do to prepare for nasty weather and what you can do to stay informed during outages.

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News Maker Casey Hollins of REC on saving money

Warmer weather often means higher electric bills and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) is offering tips on keeping bills down.

We spoke with the REC Managing Director of Communications and Public Relations Casey Hollins about it in our latest news maker.

News makers are sponsored by Warren County Together We are Community.

Casey gives us some of those tips on how to save.

She also has details on help should you need it when it comes to paying your bill.

Casey also has details on ways to keep your bill at a steady more consistent average through the entire year if you would like.

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REC and local elementary students plant pollinator garden

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative installed a pollinator garden at Chet Hobert Park with the help of students from Clarke County Public School’s DG Cooley Elementary.

The garden was planted next to the park’s substation and provides an improved view from the soccer fields and walking trail while also giving pollinators a safe space to do their important work.

Special signage shares facts about pollinators that are geared toward helping 4th grade students with their SOLs.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held by Clarke County officials on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the garden.

As part of the celebration, a representative from the Department of Forestry designated REC as a Tree Line USA utility for the 22nd straight year.

The award presented by the Arbor Day Foundation recognizes REC’s commitment to protecting and enhancing forestry.

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REC announces new cybersecurity and IT leadership

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative announced the promotion of Brett Elliot to Managing Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity.

In this new role, he will provide leadership, oversight and coordination on all IT infrastructure, data, analytics, and cybersecurity.

He will also select and implement technology to improve member-owners’ experiences and oversees services provided by BrilliT.

Elliot has an extensive background in the IT field including his former role as REC’s IT Infrastructure and Networking Director.

He also received his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Management from Clemson University as well as his MBA from Winthrop University.

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REC promotes Michael Curley to new role

Rappahannock Electric Cooperative promoted Michael Curley to Director of Financial Planning and Treasury Services.

This role will coordinate and manage annual budgets and provide high-level financial analysis and forecasts to ensure REC’s financial health and security.

Curley previously served as the Supervisor of Budgets and Forecasting.

He also has experience in corporate finances for a variety of organizations including Hanover County government and the Department of Defense.

Curley currently resides in Hanover County with his wife and two children where he also is the deacon at Cool Spring Church.

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