This Week in Utilities, December 29, 2017: “Sending Aid to Puerto Rico”
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Utilities Continue to Send Crews to Aid Puerto Rico
The efforts made by utilities all over the U.S. and Canada are working to bring back power to Puerto Rico. Here is just a sample of the utilities and their lineman heroes saving the day.
READ: “U.S. investor-owned electric companies to deploy nearly 1,500 additional restoration workers and support personnel to Puerto Rico in early January”
“‘I’m very proud of our people for doing this,’ said Greg Dudkin, PPL Electric Utilities president. ‘Many PPL employees and customers have family or friends who are affected by the widespread power outages in Puerto Rico. This is a humanitarian mission as much as it is a power restoration mission.’”
The Detroit News
“It’s now time for utility crews like ours to come in and help with this next phase of Puerto Rico’s restoration process and we’re proud to be part of our industry’s response,” said Ed Scott, director of operations for CenterPoint Energy. “While we’ve participated in many mutual assistance trips, it is unprecedented for us to put our equipment, bucket trucks and electric supplies on a barge that will take two weeks to arrive on the island. We are fully committed to restoring power to Puerto Rico as quickly and as safely as possible.”
SOURCE CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
“When the request for help came in, we immediately began making preparations,” said Ed Baine, senior vice president of distribution-Dominion Energy. “While the logistics of responding to this type of restoration are complex, we are eager to respond to the call for aid from those in need.”
SOURCE Dominion Energy
We Energies News
“’This is an exciting transaction that is consistent with our long-standing acquisition strategy. Aclara participates in attractive markets that complement our core with high quality products and talented people,’ said David G. Nord, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. ‘Together with Aclara, Hubbell will be even better positioned to serve customers through a differentiated smart grid solution and expanded portfolio. Hubbell Power Systems has a history of successfully integrating acquisitions under Gerben Bakker’s leadership, and we both look forward to welcoming our new colleagues. We have long admired the position of Aclara’s businesses in the industry, and are confident that integrating Aclara’s capabilities with Hubbell’s will allow us to deliver increased value to customers and shareholders.’”
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