In March this year, NRECA President Phil Carson traveled to Bolivia with twelve linemen from nine Illinois electric co-ops. They traveled as NRECA International volunteers to bring electricity to a village in the Samaipata region. Sponsored by the Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives and managed by NRECA International, this first-time endeavor by the Illinois statewide association proved to be as enlightening and rewarding as Phil anticipated.
Following are a few highlights from a recent conversation with Phil, where he shares some stories about the surprisingly deep connections made with the people he met, the linemen he is very proud of, and why it’s important to continue providing electricity to people around the world who don’t have access to it.
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