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Electric Utilities Send Reinforcements to Puerto Rico

January 26, 2018

Photo courtesy of PPL Electric Utilities
Photo courtesy of PPL Electric Utilities

Several electric utilities have sent workers and equipment to Puerto Rico to meet mutual aid agreements. The plan to send assistance was announced in late December 2017 by Edison Electric Institute, the association representing investor-owned electric utilities.

Pa.-based PPL Electric Utilities sent 25 line trucks, 37 people, and tons of equipment to Puerto Rico. All employees volunteered for the assignment, and have signed on for 30 days of service. If more assistance is needed at the end of the 30-day period, the crews will be sent home and replaced with another group.

76 Ameren line workers and support personnel flew to Puerto Rico from Missouri and Illinois today. They have been assigned to the Carolina region of Puerto Rico, located on the northeast coast immediately east of San Juan.

Lineworkers and support staff from Southern Company’s four electric companies – Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power – arrives in Puerto Rico on Jan. 20. The company launched a barge filled with trucks, tools, and support equipment earlier this month. Between the four electric companies and Southern Company subsidiary PowerSecure, Southern Company has sent more than 5,500 restoration workers to help Puerto Rico.

New Indiana Michigan Power also sent nine linemen and six fleet vehicles, who will help respond to the most heavily damaged and remote areas of the island for 30 days.

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