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.
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Nick Lawler, general manager of Massachusetts-based public power utility Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments, detailed how the Northeast Public Power Association mutual aid network kicked into gear in late November to assist a public power town in New Hampshire and a Vermont cooperative after they were hit by wind and snow.
Several public power utilities are assisting with restoration and recovery efforts in the wake of California’s devastating Camp Fire, which began in early November and damaged investor-owned utility Pacific Gas & Electric's electricity grid.
The American Public Power Association held a public power mutual aid exercise in which participants role played a scenario that involved significant flooding in several California cities. Representatives from more than 30 public power utilities and joint action and state associations participated in the Association’s Mutual Aid Working Group national event, which was held in Los Angeles.
Power restoration and grid rebuilding efforts are underway on the Northern Mariana Islands in the wake of Super Typhoon Yutu, which slammed into the islands late last month and did significant damage to the power grid.
The Florida Municipal Electric Association on Oct. 16 reported that in the city of Tallahassee 95% of customers who can receive power have been restored as the city and other parts of the state continue to recover from Hurricane Michael.