More help is on the way to rebuild the ravaged energy grid in Puerto Rico:
Yesterday, Dominion Energy Virginia announced it is preparing to send restoration workers and equipment to accelerate ongoing restoration efforts on the island of Puerto Rico through the mutual aid process.
“When the request for help came in, we immediately began making preparations,” said Ed Baine, senior vice president of distribution-Dominion Energy. “While the logistics of responding to this type of restoration are complex, we are eager to respond to the call for aid from those in need.”
A total of 56 pieces of equipment and restoration vehicles will be readied to travel by barge to San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 2, 2018. An advance team of safety and logistics specialists, leadership and others will depart on January 10. The remaining contingent, including linemen, groundmen, other restoration workers and support personnel are scheduled to follow and begin restoration work on January 15.
Dominion Energy personnel anticipate assisting in Puerto Rico for a minimum of a month. Dominion Energy is working in partnership and under the direction of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Edison Electric Institute, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide crews, equipment, materials, expertise and additional resources to speed restoration for thousands of individuals and families still in the dark.
“As we speak, hundreds of trucks and thousands of pieces of equipment are being barged into Puerto Rico,” said Carlos D. Torres, power restoration coordinator appointed by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
Dominion Energy is one of several investor-owned electric companies deploying a total of 1,500 restoration workers to Puerto Rico. With this new wave of mutual assistance, the total number of power restoration workers on the island will increase to more than 5,500.