Disaster Response and Mutual Aid

Public power crews wrap up work helping IOUs in N.Y. with power restoration efforts

Crews from public power utilities at the start of the week were wrapping up their assistance to New York investor-owned utilities that were hit with power outages due to Tropical Storm Isaias.

Florida public power utility JEA on Aug. 7 sent 30 line workers to New York IOU Con Edison, which continues to work on restoring power to its customers.

Ricky Erixton, JEA interim general manager for electric systems, on Aug. 10 said that JEA crews were still in New York assisting Con Edison.

Erixton said JEA was expected to provide assistance for at least one more day in New York.

Meanwhile, the Municipal Electric Utilities Association (MEUA) of New York State coordinated four crews working with Avangrid/NYSEG in Brewster, N.Y.

MEUA also had crews in Kingston, N.Y., working for Central Hudson and were dismissed on Saturday morning; some of the crews were shifted to Brewster.

Crews from New York’s Plattsburgh Municipal Lighting Department and Tupper Lake Municipal Electric System sent crews to Central Hudson. Tupper Lake was released from Central Hudson then went to assist Avangrid.

Additional crews from New York public power utilities Bath Electric Gas & Water Systems and Endicott Municipal Light assisted Avangrid/NYSEG in Brewster.

All MEUA crews were released the morning of Aug. 10.

New York Power Authority line workers helped to rebuild New York State Electric and Gas 115-kV and 46-kV transmission lines to restore electric service in the lower Hudson Valley region, NYPA President and CEO Gil Quiniones noted in an Aug. 8 tweet.

All NYPA crews have been released, Paul DeMichele, Manager, Media Relations at NYPA, said on Aug. 10.


The New York Association of Public Power (NYAPP) assisted the Village of Rockville Centre with crews from Steuben Rural Electric, Village of Sherburne, Freeport, Oneida-Madison Coop and Otsego Electric Coop.

NYAPP assisted the Northeast Public Power Association with crews from Massena and NYSEG with crews from Delaware Electric Coop.

All crews returned Sunday.