April 18, 2016
WALTHAM, Mass. – Through wind, rain, blazing sun, sleet and snow, National Grid’s lineworkers are always on the job. Today the company celebrates Lineman Appreciation Day, honoring its more than 800 field employees in Massachusetts who work to keep the power on for 1.3 million electricity customers. The company’s electric lineworkers are central to maintaining more than 17,000 miles of power lines across the state.
“Our lineworkers are out here every day and in all conditions, from blue skies to dangerous storms,” said John Bruckner, senior vice president of US Operations at National Grid. “Their hard work, expertise and extensive knowledge make it possible for us to serve our customers safely and reliably. We deeply appreciate and respect the work they do.”
National Grid lineworkers operate and maintain overhead and underground electric lines and substations in Massachusetts. These systems deliver electricity to consumers at a voltage they can use safely for their daily commercial and residential needs.
“These are the men and women on the front lines. They work tirelessly to maintain and improve our system year-round, so that we can consistently deliver for our customers across our network,” said Dan Bunszell, vice president of New England Electric Operations. “Our employees are some of the best and brightest. They are well-trained and prepared for anything.”
The US Senate passed a resolution (S. Res. 95) in 2013 designating April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day to honor the “brave men and women who protect public safety.” Some organizations, such as the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), recognize the day by celebrating it on the second Monday of April each year.
About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).