Tampa Electric sends crews to help utility with Hurricane Isaac
Crews will travel to Louisiana to help Entergy restore power after devastating storm
TAMPA, August 30, 2012
Tampa Electric is sending about 90 people to Louisiana to help Entergy restore power after Hurricane Isaac. About 40 linemen and 50 support personnel will leave at dawn Friday for the two-day drive. They are prepared to stay for two weeks.
Hurricane Isaac came ashore Tuesday night, and the storm’s high winds and slow trek caused extensive power outages along the Gulf Coast. More than 770,000 Entergy customers remain without electricity in Louisiana.
Tampa Electric is a member of the Southeastern Electric Exchange, or SEE, which is a network of utilities who pledge mutual assistance in case of storm or other emergency. Crews supporting the restoration efforts of other utilities are paid by the host utility.Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System . Tampa Electric serves nearly 676,000 customers in West Central Florida. Other subsidiaries include TECO Coal, which owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia, and TECO Guatemala, which is engaged in electric power generation and energy-related businesses in Guatemala.