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Honoring our hometown heroes

Communities show appreciation for PEC crews in blue

Braving icy roads, mounds of snow, and freezing temperatures, PEC crews worked tirelessly during the winter storm to restore power to members across 8,100 square miles of service territory. Throughout the event, our lineworkers showed courage, strength, and passion — and this did not go unnoticed. All other PEC employees were either reporting to offices or working remotely to address member questions and provide restoration support.

Many community members showed incredible kindness and support to our crews. Some provided hot meals, while others offered a safe place to stay. We thank you for honoring your hometown heroes and PEC employees! If we’ve missed your donation, please email us so we can share your generosity with others.

Dollar General, Canyon Lake

Donated bags filled with snacks and beverages to PEC crews working in Canyon Lake.

Equinox Inn at Biscuit Hill, Canyon Lake

Owners Darren and Keith Hammons donated rooms and cooked up hot meals for PEC lineworkers, who were unable to drive home.

La Quinta Inn, Cedar Park

When requesting availability, the hotel accommodated PEC employees with upgraded rooms at a regular rate.

El Agave, Johnson City

The restaurant opened their drive-thru to provide free tacos to essential workers, including PEC employees, healthcare workers, and first responders. El Agave posted to Facebook, “We are grateful to our community for being there for us in our hardship and helping us out.”

Pecan Street Brewing Co., Johnson City  

Raised nearly $1,000 in prepaid meals for PEC crews to say thank you! The restaurant opened its dining room and provided a free, hot meal to our PEC lineworkers and other essential staff in the area who had finished their 16-hour shifts. For a limited time, Pecan Street also provided a free entree and free drink to essential workers and their families (up to four people).

Reck ‘Em Right Brewing Company, Johnson City

Began running a promo called “Buy a Lineman a Beer”. The company posted to its Facebook page, “Thank you for your hard work during these crazy cold days!”

Holiday Inn Express, Junction

Fed our PEC lineworkers and contract crews who were working in the area.

 The Little Store, Junction

During the storm, owner Alex Gonzales woke up each day before dawn to cook up and serve free breakfast and to-go lunches for our PEC lineworkers!

Ginger Snap Pie Shop, Liberty Hill  

Donated a variety of fresh-baked pies for PEC’s Liberty Hill lineworkers to enjoy and delivered them to our office.

City of Marble Falls, Marble Falls

Donated several meals during the storm, to help feed local PEC linworkers who were working hard to restore power to their community.

Chick-Fil-A (Belterra Village/Dripping Springs), Oak Hill

Donated and delivered meals to PEC’s Oak Hill office, which helped feed 65 lineworkers.

Cedar Ridge Estates and Wynnrock Estates, Oak Hill

PEC members and residents of these nieghborhoods near the Oak Hill district office prepared home cooked, hot meals for our lineworkers and delivered them to our PEC crews. The meals included: spaghetti and meatballs; chicken tetrazzini; chicken, macaroni, and vegetables; chicken and potatoes; white chicken chili; alfredo pasta with chicken meatballs; turkey burgers and quiche; as well as waters and other beverages, grab bags filled with goodies, and snack packs.

Hardhats off to all of these community members, businesses, and others, who showed such tremendous support! We are PEC proud to be part of such strong, and caring communities.