As Americans, most of us have a laundry list of things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, particularly as we emerge from almost two years of a pandemic. Whether it’s a warm bed, food on the table, or the return of steady work to pay the bills, the modern standard of living we enjoy is something worthy of appreciation.
But there are people to be thankful for, too. Who? Well, for starters, the doctors, nurses, scientists, and everyone who has worked so tirelessly these last two years to combat Covid-19 and care for those afflicted with this deadly virus. Of course, the selfless heroes in our armed forces who defend our nation are always in our thoughts. And let’s not forget about those in blue who protect our streets. And, what about our brave firefighters who run into, instead of away, from a fire? But let’s not forget another group of people, one that might not seem so obvious: electrical workers.
The men and women who keep our lights on have unique jobs. When storms are raging, and conditions are at their worst, most sensible people head for shelter. But those responsible for keeping the lights on do the opposite. They put on their boots and their jackets and prepare to spend nights in the rain or snow, even if it means working through the night or a holiday.
Electrical workers often go unnoticed, unthanked, and unrecognized for their selfless dedication. After all, we rarely think about the modern-day wonder of electricity until it goes out. That’s not our fault, as customers. If anything, it speaks volumes to the men and women who do their job so well. It’s the kind of job whose reward is not medals or accolades, but knowing that what you do makes people’s lives better.
It’s easy to take reliable power for granted. It is only when the lights begin to dim, and television sets begin to flicker, or when forced blackouts are ordered, that most of us think about the reliability of the electricity grid, we all share. But Energy Fairness thinks about reliability, affordability, and the resiliency of the grid every day. And we stand up when we see threats to that reliability or when we recognize policy proposals that don’t account for the realities of delivering power to American families in all conditions, good and bad. American electricity customers deserve a voice like that, and we’ve tried hard for more than a decade now to fill that role.
This Thanksgiving, I suggest that we give thanks for the people behind our power grid and for the wisdom of regulators and lawmakers who have thrown their support behind common-sense energy policy. What they do is an essential part of keeping America strong.