Tampa Electric sends crews to Georgia to help restore power
Georgia Power anticipating damage from ice storm expected to hit Tuesday night
TAMPA, February 10, 2014
Tampa Electric is sending about 140 people to northeast Georgia to help Georgia Power restore power after a winter storm that is expected to bring freezing rain and significant ice when it hits on Tuesday night.
This afternoon, 80 contractors, 40 linemen and 20 support personnel left for the eight-hour drive and are prepared to stay for two weeks.
The storm is expected to continue to cause extensive power outages across the South on Tuesday night and Wednesday.
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 more than 687,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal-production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.