Mutual Assistance Response from Exelon Utilities Will Accelerate Power Restoration Efforts
Pepco is sending crews, equipment and expertise, adding even more resources to help restore power in Puerto Rico as part of ongoing response efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Pepco joins with its Exelon sister utilities – Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power and PECO – to help repair the local electric system and restore service to customers on the island.
Pepco employees will leave for Puerto Rico in early February. Trucks and other equipment are being sent ahead. Pepco and the other Pepco Holdings’ utilities, which includes Atlantic City Electric in southern New Jersey and Delmarva Power in Delaware and Maryland, will send 25 linemen and support personnel and more than a dozen trucks and other equipment. Crews are expected to be in Puerto Rico for at least 30 days.
“We are eager to help with the restoration process and thank our dedicated crews for volunteering to assist with this historic effort,” said Donna Cooper, Pepco region president. “Our employees share a sense of service and are eager to work with crews from across Exelon and across the country to help the residents of Puerto Rico.”
Pepco’s support comes following a request by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) asking for mainland companies to provide assistance. Edison Electrical Institute (EEI) and other power industry groups received the request in early November and immediately began coordinating with PREPA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the logistics of adding crews, equipment and materials to the massive power restoration effort. Exelon utilities have been coordinating closely with the Edison Electric Institute and authorities to prepare for the mutual assistance effort. Pepco and its Exelon sister utilities are sending more than 140 personnel as part of a contingent of about 1,500 restoration personnel from EEI member companies.
This fall, Pepco joined its Exelon sister utilities at Unidos por Puerto Rico to prepare care packages for those affected by the hurricane. Since September’s hurricanes, Exelon and its employees, along with the Exelon Foundation, have contributed more than $800,000 to disaster relief efforts, including aid to Puerto Rico.
Over the years, Pepco has sent hundreds of crews and support personnel to assist utilities, in the region and across the country, as part of mutual assistance networks. Pepco most recently provided restoration assistance to areas of Florida and Georgia that were also affected by Hurricane Irma in September. Just as Pepco provides support, crews from across the U.S. have helped with restoration efforts in this region following severe storms.