Recognizing Bandera Electric Cooperative Employeesby Representative Lamar Smith
Posted on 2015-12-09
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Mr. SMITH of Texas. Mr. Speaker, today I want to recognize three
power linemen from the Bandera Electric Cooperative: Jay Rasberry, John
Hernandez and Garrett Clark. These linemen volunteered for the National
Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) International Foundation
and spent three weeks in northern Haiti building and upgrading power
lines. These efforts have helped communities in Haiti receive
affordable, safe and reliable energy.
These three power linemen worked side by side with NRECA International on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded Pilot Project for Sustainable Electricity Distribution. This project commercializes power from the Caracol Industrial Park generation station that is currently serving 8,000 consumers in Caracol and surrounding communities with electricity 24 hours a day. When the project is complete, a total of 10,000 consumers will have access to electricity.
Less than 15% of the people in Haiti have access to electricity. The service and sacrifice of these linemen will impact the lives of thousands of Haitians resulting in improvements in healthcare, education, and economic opportunity.
In appreciation of all they have done, Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me in thanking them for their humanitarian efforts.