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REC Names New Vice President of Engineering, Operations and Power Supply

John Arp to Join REC's Executive Leadership Team


John Arp, P.E. has been promoted to Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s (REC) executive leadership team as Vice President of Engineering, Operations and Power Supply. In this role, he will oversee system planning, engineering and technical services, ensuring the successful implementation of the Cooperative's strategic plan.


“Mr. Arp is a talented and accomplished engineer who brings more than 21 years of diverse utility, engineering and leadership experience,” said John Hewa, President and CEO. “His expertise in engineering, design, and operations and construction will be a strong addition to REC’s executive team.”


Joining REC in 2012 as an engineering supervisor, Arp has since served as director of System Planning and Engineering, and, most recently, as Western Region manager. In his most recent positon, Arp has promoted REC’s safety-first culture and service to members. During his time at REC, Arp has led several system-wide projects:


·         A multi-year, high-value project that improved circuit efficiency and reduced operating costs;

·         Developed distribution and sub-transmission automation schemes that have improved reliability for members;

·         Worked with industry experts to design and implement a customized system-wide over-voltage protection scheme.


Arp holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Virginia and Pennsylvania. He completed REC’s Leadership Development Program in 2018, has completed NRECA's Cooperative Financial Professional Certification program, and is currently completing NRECA’s Management Internship Program. Arp begins his new role December 1.      


REC provides electric service to over 170,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 17,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information about REC, please visit Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

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