Tampa Electric sends emergency assistance to deep south and south Florida utilities
TAMPA, August 29, 2005
Tampa Electric today announced that it will provide aid to electric utility customers in Louisiana and Mississippi who have lost power in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
With millions out of power, utility customers across the Gulf Coast face a lengthy period of service restoration. Due to the specialized nature of the work required to safely rebuild power lines, Tampa Electric line crews, tree trimmers and damage assessment engineers will be sent to the Entergy Corporation service areas to help with critical service restoration functions.
In addition, Tampa Electric last week sent crews to South Florida to help Florida Power & Light (FPL) to rebuild transmission and distribution lines. As soon as FPL releases these crews they will be dispatched to Entergy service areas in Louisiana and Mississippi to assist in those restoration efforts.
As a result of providing resources to these storm-damaged areas, Tampa Electric will likely experience delays of new service, engineering, design and construction work over the next several weeks.
“Last year, foreign crews from as far away as Texas , Oklahoma , Ohio and Arkansas came to help Tampa Electric customers following hurricanes Charley , Frances and Jeanne. Now, our crews and contractors are being reassigned from normal operations here to help restore power for the millions of customers elsewhere who lost power during Hurricane Katrina,” said Chuck Black, President, Tampa Electric.
Other Tampa Electric operations potentially affected due to the company’s mutual assistance response includes installation of poles and other equipment, and some service turn-on and transfer requests. In spite of this emergency response, the company always retains sufficient emergency personnel to deliver electricity to its customers.
“Our number one priority is to safely deliver excellent service and reliability to our customers. However, when called to help, Tampa Electric’s commitment to mutual assistance requires us to respond, which we are doing without hesitation. We will return to normal operations just as soon as possible,” said Black.
In the meantime, Black asked all customers for their patience and understanding.
Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an integrated energy-related holding company with core businesses in the utility sector, complemented by a family of unregulated businesses. Tampa Electric Company is a regulated utility with both electric and gas divisions (Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System). Other subsidiaries are engaged in waterborne transportation, coal and synthetic fuel production and independent power.