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Linemen teach electrical safety

Elementary school safety

During an elementary school program presented by West Kentucky Rural Electric Co-op safety personnel, Elijah Carrico tries on the safety gloves linemen use when working close to power lines. These gloves are rated for use near 7,200 volts of live electricity. Students learn to never touch power lines, and to look up to make sure they’re not getting too close. Photo: Wina Dodson

“Always look up before you do anything.” That’s Safety Director Kim Grogan’s advice to children throughout the service area for West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative. He tells them about electrical safety in programs presented at events such as the Carlisle County Elementary Agriculture Day.

“We want kids to grow up knowing about electrical safety,” says Grogan. “We start training them early and by fourth or fifth grade they really seem to understand it. Often they go home and tell their parents something the parents didn’t know.”

Hospital/co-op partnership


Blue Grass Energy Cooperative is partnering with the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital to raise money to help the young patients. Last year, the Children’s Hospital treated more than 147,000 children within a 23-county service area.

“The seventh cooperative principle is concern for community,” notes Michael Williams, president and CEO of Blue Grass Energy Co-op, “and we understand the necessity of being a good corporate citizen. Together, we are making a difference for our members. That is exactly why this cooperative exists.”

Spreading energy efficiency

Sha Collier prepares to greet visitors to Shelby Energy’s booth during the iShop Shelby Community Showcase and explain the cooperative’s SimpleSaver program. Photo: Candi Waford


More than 50 local businesses and organizations—including Shelby Energy Cooperative—participated in the 2015 iShop Shelby Community Showcase. The Shelby Energy booth provided information on the SimpleSaver energy-efficiency program and gave cooperative members the chance to sign up.

“It was a great opportunity for community businesses to gather and show all that Shelby County has to offer,” says Debra J. Martin, president and CEO of Shelby Energy Co-op. “We were excited to participate in the event and get the word out on one of the great programs Shelby Energy provides to our members.”

Debra Gibson Isaacs from July 2015 Issue

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