MINNEAPOLIS (July 10, 2020) Xcel Energy joins the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today in recognizing its more than 1,000 full-time line workers in the eight states the company serves as part of National Lineworker Appreciation Day.
The nation’s nearly 75,000 electrical lineworkers are on the frontlines of the power industry, working long hours in often dangerous conditions and extreme weather to keep the electricity flowing to homes and businesses. These men and women also perform critical work to maintain and enhance the power grid.
“As the first responders in our industry, our lineworkers make a meaningful difference in every community we serve, maintaining critical energy service for customers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s become even clearer how vital these employees are, and I’m grateful for their dedication as we power through this challenging time together,” said Ben Fowke, chairman and CEO of Xcel Energy.
“Our highly skilled lineworkers regularly face challenging work conditions in order to serve our customers and communities,” said IBEW Local 949 business representative Mark Kaufman. ”We can’t thank them enough for their hard work and commitment to the job today and every day.”
Xcel Energy lineworkers are following enhanced safety protocols during the pandemic to help protect customers, communities and themselves from the spread of the virus.The company reminds the public to please observe social distancing when they see lineworkers in the field and allow them to focus on doing their jobs safely.
National Lineworker Appreciation Day is celebrated every year on July 10 in honor of the life and work of Henry Miller, the first president of IBEW.