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Linemen supplement Colorado PVREA

June 11, 2012, a Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane firefighting helicopter drops water on a hot spot burning close to homes near Horsetooth Reservoir near Laporte, Colorado. Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images.

Utility Powers Through Fire, Flood and Snow

Colorado’s PVREA manages its response to a double-whammy natural disaster.  

First, there was fire. Then, there were floods. Today, there is relative tranquility. But, for both the members and employees of the Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association (PVREA), there also are indelible memories of a double-whammy natural disaster that would have tested the mettle of any utility, large or small.

PVREA is a distribution cooperative that serves some 35,000 consumers spread out among 2,000 sq miles of mountainous terrain in northern Colorado. The cooperative’s 8

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