Botkins says the Dominion Energy Virginia contingent is part of a national wave of 1500 personnel from utilities that will head to Puerto Rico.
Employees from We Energies and our sister company, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS), soon will deploy to Puerto Rico to assist with the power restoration mission following Hurricane Maria.
The OG&E crews will work in the Arecibo region of Puerto Rico, one of the hardest hit by Hurricane Maria, one of the ten strongest Atlantic storms in history, when it ravaged the island back in September. The deployment of additional crews represents the next phase in the mutual assistance response.
"As we speak, hundreds of trucks and thousands of pieces of equipment are being barged into Puerto Rico", said Carlos D. Torres, power restoration coordinator appointed by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. "Completing the damage assessments allowed us to identify the types of additional human and equipment resources that we need". He says only now are mainland USA utilities able to be able to get the equipment and people there, and be able to move them where they need to be.
Before the clinics began on December 1, RAM's staff had traveled to the island twice to assess conditions, meet with leaders, recruit volunteers and determine the best course of action to make a difference in Puerto Rico. Our members provide electricity for about 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to our USA members, EEI has more than 60 worldwide electric companies with operations in more than 90 countries, as global Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.