2022 WIRE Scholarships Available for Kentucky College Students

The Kentucky Chapter of Women in Rural Electrification (WIRE) is offering three $1,000 scholarships to Kentucky college students.  The scholarships are open to any applicant who meets the following criteria: Student or student’s family must be served by a Kentucky rural electric cooperativeStudent must have…

Kentucky co-ops help in Virginia 

Kentucky electric cooperative mutual aid crews from Kenergy and Warren RECC are helping restore power to co-ops in Virginia after what is described as “a top five worst winter storm” on Sunday knocked out power to more than 100,000 co-op consumer-members in that state. Kenergy sent three two-man crews and…

‘Mr. Miracle’: Kentucky’s Longest-Serving Co-op CEO Comes Back From COVID-19

One month shy of his 81st birthday, Ted Hampton emerged from the offices of the southeastern Kentucky electric cooperative he has headed since 1964 to greet guests in the co-op lobby. On this warm August day, he’d just completed his regular office-to-office check-in with Cumberland Valley…

Kentucky Rural Electric Disaster Fund

Following the devastating tornadoes in Kentucky on December 10 and 11, and due to multiple requests from across the state and country, Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, the statewide association, has organized the Kentucky Rural Electric Disaster Fund to assist members of the co-op family who face challenges after…

How to help western Kentucky tornado victims

Here are ways to help victims of the December tornadoes that devastated western Kentucky communities.  Relief Funds Team Kentucky Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund Community Foundation of West Kentucky tornado relief fund American Red Cross OR call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669) United Way of Kentucky Kentucky Agriculture…

Co-op Crews Restoring Power After Deadly Tornadoes

Electric cooperative crews, mutual aid workers and contractors are making steady progress this week restoring electricity after deadly tornadoes swept through parts of the South and Midwest over the weekend. Damage to distribution and transmission lines, poles and support structures in some areas is extensive,…

Kentucky co-ops respond after monster tornadoes

Surrounded by debris, destruction and an uncertain future for the western Kentucky communities they call home, electric cooperative employees and mutual aid crews are focusing on power restoration after an unprecedented series of massive and deadly tornadoes Friday night, December 10, in what is described…

Agriculture leader David Beck honored as 2021 “Distinguished Rural Kentuckian”

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (November 17, 2021) — Longtime agriculture leader David Beck, the president and CEO of Kentucky Venues and former head of the Kentucky Farm Bureau, was honored as the “2021 Distinguished Rural Kentuckian” at the 75th Annual Meeting of Kentucky Electric Cooperatives. The award is the…

Co-op Suppliers Warn That Logistics Challenges Could Linger Into 2023

As electric cooperatives contend with global supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re working with their suppliers, vendors and logistics providers to meet demand for parts and other key components essential to keeping power flowing. “We’re facing long lead times for pad-mounted transformers…