Public power utility crews connected more than 200 Navajo Nation families as part of a mutual aid initiative by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority and the American Public Power Association to provide electricity to thousands of Navajo homes that was recently completed.
Approximately 19.1% of normal peak load has been restored on the island of Puerto Rico, the Department of Energy reported on Oct. 18, as power restoration efforts continue to move forward in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which slammed Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in late September.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Oct. 10 that it has placed “an initial order” of $115 million for materials, including more than 50,000 utility poles and 6,500 miles of cable, that are needed to rebuild the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s electric grid.
Experts predict a stronger than normal hurricane season in the Atlantic region this year. Share these safety tips from ESFI with your customers ahead of the storm to keep your community safe.
Electric utility crews, including those at public power utilities, have been at the ready over the last few days to help with the disaster unfolding in Houston, but so far, the situation in the biggest city in Texas looks more like a matter of saving lives than of getting power restored.
The rapid activation of the American Public Power Association’s mutual aid network to Hurricane Sally, which made landfall near Gulf Shores, Ala., as a Category 2 hurricane, created a smooth path for equipment and crews to be deployed in an effective manner, said Jon Hand, Executive Direct of Electric Cities of Alabama.
Disaster Response and Mutual Aid
The American Public Power Association is assisting member utilities and regional organizations affected by Hurricane Laura. We stand ready to mobilize emergency power restoration crews and materials through the national public power mutual aid network, as requested by affected entities. Utilities
Crews from several public power utilities from Florida, Louisiana and Alabama are assembling and deploying to assist with power restoration efforts that will be needed in response to Hurricane Sally, which made landfall near Gulf Shores, Ala., as a Category 2 hurricane.
Mutual aid assistance from fellow California public power utility Burbank Water and Power played a key role in Anaheim Public Utilities being able to bring power back to its customers in the wake of outages during a recent heat wave in the state.
Crews from Louisiana public power utility Lafayette Utilities System (LUS), Florida public power utility Gainesville Regional Utilities (GRU) and Alabama public power utilities have deployed to Vinton, La., to assist with restoration efforts after Vinton was hit by Hurricane Laura last week.