Tampa Electric sends crews to Little Rock, Ark., to restore power
TAMPA, December 5, 2013
Tampa Electric is sending 100 people to Little Rock, Ark., to help Entergy Arkansas to restore power after a severe winter storm that is expected to hit Thursday and Friday.
The group of 30 contractors, 40 linemen and 30 support personnel left at 6 a.m. today for the two-day drive and are prepared to stay for two weeks.
Tampa Electric is a member of the Southeastern Electric Exchange, or SEE, which is a network of utilities that pledges 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.