Line workers from Wake Forest-based cooperative Wake Electric, Duke Energy and ElectriCities joined elected officials and representatives from the UNC Burn Center to celebrate the new “Keeping the Lights On” license plate. Image courtesy NC Coops.

Drivers in North Carolina can honor utility line workers now with a special license plate. The Keep the Lights On plate will soon be available. The extra charge for the plate will go to the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Heath Care.

The plate was developed by North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives along with Duke Energy and ElectriCities.

The plates honor tough workers. “Our line workers and other utility employees work day in and day out, at times in treacherous conditions, to provide an essential service to the people of North Carolina,” said Nelle Hotchkiss, senior vice president and chief operating officer of association services for North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives.

The Burn Center has been a cause for NC Coops. Dale Lambert, CEO of Randolph EMC, said, “Despite industry-leading safety practices and precautions, our line workers face burn dangers on the job every day, and it’s especially fitting that this plate will contribute to such an outstanding facility in their honor.”

North Carolina joins other surrounding states in plates that show gratitude to the untiring efforts of utility workers.