National Lineworker Appreciation Day planned for April 11

PIQUA — Pioneer Electric Cooperative joins the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in celebrating its seventeen lineworkers as part of National Lineworker Appreciation Day on Monday, April 11.

Every day, lineworkers face significant hazards. Carrying heavy gear, they regularly scale 40-foot poles near high-voltage power lines, and often in the wake of mother nature’s worst. Pioneer lineworkers maintain 2,751 miles of electricity lines across 11 counties, keeping the lights on for 17,025 members. On April 11, the public is invited to #ThankALineworker on social media by celebrating the people who work around the clock, putting their lives on the line to keep power flowing.

“Our lineworkers are heroes in every sense of the word,” says Ron Salyer, president and CEO. “As the first responders of our workforce, we count on them to get us through some of our darkest hours, day or night. They truly deserve this special day of recognition.”

In 2021, Pioneer continued to change out electric meters across the system, upgraded over eight miles of three-phase distribution tie circuits for members in Champaign and Shelby counties, replaced substation protective devices serving members in Miami and Champaign counties, installed substation wildlife cover for members in Miami and Shelby counties, and tested over 5,000 distribution poles.

Pioneer fast facts

• Total outage minutes for Pioneer members, including major storms, was the lowest of the last eight years.

• Average outage minutes per member, including major storms, ranked in the lowest 20% of all cooperative and investor-owned utilities in Ohio in 2020.

• Pioneer has not fallen below 99.9 percent reliability since 2013.

• Pioneer has not had any lost-time injuries since 2016.

Public Safety Message

Vehicle accidents by the general public accounted for 15% of all Pioneer outages in 2021. Please use caution when driving and save that text for when you arrive.