In Recognition of Shea Hassell, Perry Ancell and Cody Coulterby Representative Michael C. Burgess
Posted on 2015-12-08
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Mr. BURGESS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and thank three
power linemen from Coserv Electric Cooperative from the 26th District
of Texas for their service and sacrifice to help three communities far
away from their own.
This fall, Shea Hassell, Perry Ancell and Cody Coulter traveled to Haiti where they spent three weeks volunteering to help build the country's first electric cooperative. This work was part of a rural electrification project through the NRECA International Foundation with support from the United Nations Environmental Program and USAID.
During their time in the southwestern part of the country, they built a diesel-solar hybrid electric system which now provides safe, affordable and reliable power to 1,600 consumers in three towns. Their contributions included upgrading and installing new power lines and training locally hired linemen in proper construction methods and safety practices.
In Haiti, less than 15 percent of the population has regular access to electricity. Reliable electricity is a critical element in improving the quality of life and to providing healthcare, education, access to clean water and economic opportunity.
Thanks to the contribution of these power linemen more people in Haiti will now have electricity.