By Shaun Delliskave | email@example.com
Imagine, in 2019, that your home still does not have electricity. For over 60,000 people living in the Navajo Nation, being off the grid is very much a reality. Enter Murray Power, who will send a crew, as part of the “Light Up Navajo” initiative, to help connect residents there to the electrical grid.
Murray City Council unanimously approved Murray Power’s participation on Feb. 19. The city will send one crew of four members and a truck for the week of May 11-18.
“The American Public Power Association (APPA) approached Murray City Power. They explained what was needed and we wanted to be involved. When our line workers heard about this opportunity they were very willing and excited,” said Barbara Ishino, spokesperson for Murray Power.
Murray Power General Manager Blaine Haacke explained, “This project has been taken on nationally by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA). This is a six-week project that will have five to six crews working on it each week. The city would like to send one crew of four members for the last week of the project. The crew would be working 12-hour days replacing poles and stringing conductors.”
There are groups participating from Illinois, Ohio, Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, California, Delaware, Texas, Arkansas, Massachusetts and Utah. The cities in Utah that are participating are Murray, Santa Clara, Washington City, Lehi, St. George and Heber City. Murray is the only city in Utah that is sending a group of four with equipment.