Tampa Electric sending additional help to restore power after Hurricane Sandy
About 100 Tampa Electric workers now heading to New Jersey to help FirstEnergy
TAMPA, October 29, 2012
Tampa Electric is sending additional people to help assess and restore power after Hurricane Sandy – now about 100 workers are heading to New Jersey, plus contractors.
Today, Tampa Electric is sending an additional 30 people – to join the 70 who have left in the past few days – to Jackson, N.J., to help FirstEnergy’s Jersey Central Power & Light to restore power after Hurricane Sandy. The group includes eight linemen, seven damage assessors and about a dozen support personnel. About 175 of Tampa Electric’s tree and line contractors also will assist with storm restoration. They will leave at noon today for the two-day drive and are prepared to stay for two weeks.
Tampa Electric first sent crews to Daytona Beach on Friday to help Florida Power & Light. On Sunday, they were directed northward, to New Jersey. All Tampa Electric crews are expected to arrive in New Jersey Wednesday afternoon.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to cause extensive power outages when it batters the Atlantic Coast.
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.
In addition to the crews in the field, Tampa Electric customer service professionals (CSPs) have begun assisting four other utilities – NSTAR, Pepco, Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva – with customer calls as work volume allows. Through the virtual technology of the Mutual Assistance Routing System, or MARS, the system allows Tampa Electric to help other utilities’ customers in times of emergency or severe conditions. It allows affected utilities to prioritize their response to outages. To the customer, the transition is seamless.
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. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.