Tampa Electric sends crews to Alabama to help utility with storm restoration
After helping with Hurricane Irene, crews will help Alabama Power after tornadoes
TAMPA, September 7, 2011
After completing Hurricane Irene restoration work in New Jersey, about 70 Tampa Electric crew members are traveling to Birmingham, Ala., to help Alabama Power restore power after tornadoes spawned by Tropical Storm Lee. About 40 linemen and 30 support personnel are traveling from New Jersey to Alabama and are expected to arrive tonight.
The crews initially left the Tampa Bay area Saturday, Aug. 27, to help restore power in the Northeast after Hurricane Irene. The crews helped Atlantic City Electric and Jersey Central Power & Light for about 10 days. On Tuesday morning, they began the two-day drive to Alabama.
Spinoff tornadoes from Tropical Storm Lee were reported in Alabama and Louisiana on Sunday as the storm made landfall, knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of people.
Tampa Electric is a member of the Southeastern Electric Exchange, or SEE, which is a network of utilities that 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 672,000 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.