Representatives from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, provider for most of Clarke County’s electrical service, will be addressing service reliability and rates for the Clarke County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 19.
The meeting was requested by the supervisors.
“After CDN’s articles earlier this year on Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and the reader comments we asked REC to come and discuss with us and folks with concerns in the community, the power outages and unexpectedly higher bills” said Supervisor chairman Michael Hobert (Berryville). “REC will be attending Tuesday if members of the public are interested and able to attend at around 1 pm.”
While some community members have expressed concern that electrical rates have significantly increased since REC began servicing the Clarke County area, other REC clients have said that their electrical bill amount have not increased.
Tomorrow’s meeting will likely include a discussion of REC’s service record related to the numerous power outages that have hit Clarke County over the past year. While many of the outages were associated with weather-related events including wind, snow and ice, other outages were related to equipment failure according to REC.
Tuesday’s meeting will be an opportunity for residents, county officials and REC to discuss the issues in a public forum.
“It has been almost a year since Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) began serving 51,000 customers who previously received their electricity from Allegheny Power” said Ann Lewis, Director of Public Relations for the utility provider. “At the board of supervisors meeting we will share our accomplishments since the acquisition on June 1, 2010 as well as discuss what our new members can expect in the future.”
According to the agenda for the meeting, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative representatives Kent Farmer, Matt Faulconer, and John Crawford will be present at the meeting.