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15-May-2018BARC Electric Cooperative Wins Utilities Technology Council’s Apex Award

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tish Blackwell, 800-846-2272 (tblackwell@barcelectric.com)


BARC Electric receives prestigious award given to innovators in the utility industry.


Millboro, VA May 15, 2018 –  The Utilities Technology Council (UTC), a global trade association, presented  BARC Electric Cooperative (BARC) with its top honor, the Apex Award, given annually to a utility that has launched innovative projects that resulted in demonstrated benefits and a positive impact on the community.

The award was presented to BARC CEO Michael Keyser by UTC President Joy Ditto last week in Palm Springs, California at UTC’s annual conference. It is the most prestigious honor a utility can receive from UTC. In accepting the award, Mr. Keyser said, “Our entire staff have been tremendously dedicated to the mission of improving the quality of life in the community we serve. I’m proud to accept this award on behalf of everyone at BARC. Through our solar and broadband projects, we are really making a positive impact in people’s lives. It’s an honor to be recognized by UTC for our efforts.”

Mr. Keyser added, “UTC played an instrumental role in the development of our broadband project. I owe several people at UTC a debt of gratitude for helping us get our project from concept to reality. They have been a very supportive group for rural broadband.”

About BARC

BARC Electric Cooperative is a customer-owned electric cooperative serving 13,000 residents, farms and businesses across five counties in Virginia. To continue to serve and meet the needs of its members, BARC constructed the first community solar garden in the Commonwealth and provides high-speed Internet, telephone and television service through BARC Connects, its wholly-owned fiber-to-the-home subsidiary. To learn more about all the exciting things happening at BARC, visit www.barcelectric.com.

About UTC

The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) is a global trade association dedicated to serving critical infrastructure providers. Through advocacy, education and collaboration, UTC creates a favorable business, regulatory and technology environment for our members who own or operate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems in support of their core business. For more information: utc.org