Co-op Spotlight: Harrison Rural Electrification Association

Co-op Spotlight: Harrison Rural Electrification Association

Harrison Rural Electrification Association (HREA) is unique because it is the only electric cooperative in West Virginia. Serving 7,742 consumer-members, HREA spans seven counties on 828 miles of electrical line. With such a wide service area, HREA’s territory contains many attractions and sites that further contribute to the surrounding area.

Clarksburg, West Virginia

Harrison Rural Electrification is based in Clarksburg, home to many cultural events in the Mountaineer State. (Credit: Getty Images)

So much to do

The area covered by HREA is a vibrant community. Visitors can explore multiple festivals throughout the year, including the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival, the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, the Greek Food Festival, and events such as the Cecil Jarvis Greater Clarksburg 10K. In Clarksburg, there’s a rich public arts and entertainment industry. Clarksburg Amphitheater hosts live music, movies, and other events. There’s also the Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center for productions and programs appealing to all ages.

USDA ReConnect Program

Recently, HREA received a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a program to bring optical fiber lines to its members. The grant provides funds for construction, facilities, and equipment needed to bring broadband service to rural areas. HREA is firmly committed to its community, and the Broadband ReConnect Program reinforces that ideal. HREA is partnering with Prodigi “Fiber to the Home” for the initiative to bring broadband service to rural areas in West Virginia and ensure access for its consumer-members. The project aims to build over 410 miles of fiber routes to provide high-speed internet, voice, and TV services.