Gov. Snyder honors Michigan utility linemen who work under trying conditions to make sure Michiganders have reliable power
April 18, 2017 – Recognizing the difficult work linemen perform in making sure energy is readily accessible for Michigan citizens and businesses, Gov. Rick Snyder today honored the hardworking men and women at utilities around the state as part of Lineman Appreciation Day.
“As we saw with the destructive windstorm that swept across our state in March, utility workers play an important role in power restoration efforts and in our everyday lives,” Snyder said. “I thank these hard-working men and women for working tirelessly to keep our communities powered and our residents safe.”
“The job that line workers do is important to assuring our state’s energy future for the health and safety of our citizens,” said Valerie Brader, executive director of the Michigan Agency for Energy. “We thank them for the work they do every day for the citizens of Michigan, often under trying conditions.”
“The March storm proved once again the professionalism of Michigan’s utility workers in addressing a widespread power issue,” said Sally Talberg, chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission. “Utility workers serve on the frontline to make sure the state has a secure and reliable energy system.”
The state’s approximately 4,100 linemen are crucial to making sure businesses and consumers have an accessible supply of power at work and at home. They often endure intense work conditions such as extreme weather or being tethered to poles high off the ground to maintain power transmission lines that feed the state’s economy.