LG&E, KU to aid in Puerto Rico power restoration

LG&E, KU to aid in Puerto Rico power restoration

The added effort will mean more than 5,500 power restoration workers will be on the island.

Dominion Energy Virginia - as part of a nationwide initiative - is sending 82 crew member to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico in the new year.

A total of 56 pieces of equipment and restoration vehicles will be readied to travel by barge to San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 2, 2018.

Aside from offering free health care, RAM also helped distribute 63,000 pounds of disaster relief supplies. The remaining contingent - which includes linemen, groundmen, other restoration workers, and support personnel - will follow and start restoration work January 15th.

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Dominion Energy workers anticipate assisting in Puerto Rico for at least a month. "As part of this mutual assistance deployment, hundreds of trucks with tools and equipment will be loaded on ships this week and barged to Puerto Rico, and our goal is for the almost 1,500 mutual assistance crews from the mainland to arrive on the island by January 12". The Army Corps of Engineers says full power will most likely not be restored until May.

"From a logistics and planning perspective, this is an unprecedented mobilization effort for our company and the industry as a whole", John Wolfe, LG&E and KU vice president-Distribution and co-chair of the EEI Mutual Assistance Executive Committee, said in statement.

"Ameren will send crews for three weeks and rotate them, as needed, until completion of the work", Wiesehan said.

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