Tampa Electric sending crews to Canada to help restore power
Lineman flew north today to help Nova Scotia Power restore electricity after major winter storm
TAMPA, March 13, 2018
Tampa Electric sent about 20 people to Canada today to help a sister utility restore power from a significant winter storm expected to hit tonight.
Tampa Electric sent 19 line workers and two supervisors by plane to Canada this afternoon to help Nova Scotia Power restore power as soon as it is safe to do so. The crews are prepared to stay for two weeks and will use the Canadian utility’s trucks. Like Tampa Electric, Nova Scotia Power is an electric utility in the Emera family of companies.
The powerful winter storm hit the Northeast United States today, and it is expected to affect Nova Scotia overnight with heavy, wet snow and high winds. Power outages are expected across the province. It is the third major storm to hit Nova Scotia within five days.
Crews providing mutual assistance to support the restoration efforts of other utilities are paid by the host utility. This mutual assistance trip is happening while other crews continue to help restore power in Puerto Rico.
Tampa Electric, one of Florida’s largest investor-owned electric utilities, serves about 750,000 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.