Tampa Electric sending crews to help Florida utilities restore power
All Tampa Electric outages have been restored after Hurricane Matthew
TAMPA, October 8, 2016
With all Tampa Electric outages restored after Hurricane Matthew, the utility is sending nearly 300 people to help other Florida utilities restore electric service after the powerful storm.
More than 285 field personnel and contractors, including tree trimmers, are leaving today and tomorrow for the northeast coast of Florida. They are prepared to stay for two weeks.
The massive storm disrupted electric service to more than 1 million customers in 25 Florida counties. About 11,700 Tampa Electric customers were affected by Hurricane Matthew, and the last of those outages were restored late Friday.
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, one of Florida's largest investor-owned electric utilities, serves about 730,000 customers in West Central Florida. Tampa Electric is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.