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APS Celebrates National Lineworker Day

As air conditioners buzz across Arizona, this is an especially good time to recognize those crucial to keeping the power on. It takes a team of people who plan and prepare for our state’s extreme summers and it’s the dedicated lineworkers who operate in the thick of it. And while we salute them every day, July 10 is National Lineworker Appreciation Day.

 

Lineworkers construct and maintain overhead and underground powerlines and poles, utilize large equipment, and work in often challenging conditions: extreme heat, humidity, rain, rough or muddy terrain and areas that can’t be reached by truck, so they may have to access infrastructure by ATV, helicopter or even hiking in on foot with their gear.  

 

APS lineworkers maintain more than 35,000 miles of lines that power communities from Douglas to Yuma to Holbrook and beyond. They perform a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operations of our lines so the approximately 1.4 million homes and businesses APS serves have reliable and affordable energy.

 

Being a lineworker requires both mental and physical strength and apprentices go through five years of training before joining an APS crews. Safety is always top of mind. Crews stay hydrated, perform regular safety check-ins and look out for one another. In addition to building and maintaining the grid, they are considered first responders during storms and other events that may impact the electrical system. They stand ready to deploy to power outages, repair damage and work around-the-clock to get the power back on as quickly and safely as they can.

 

The efforts of these essential workers often go unnoticed, but perhaps the next time you flip a light switch or hear your air conditioner kick on, you’ll think of the lineworkers who help make it possible and if you’re so inclined, join in showing appreciation by using the hashtag #ThankALineworker on your favorite social media platform.


APS Celebrates National Lineworker Day

APS serves approximately 1.4 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 51% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

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