Oct. 29, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced today that it is sending more than 150 employees to
to help restore power in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Crews from all over PG&E's Northern and
service area will depart from
within the next couple of days.
"Providing support to other utilities throughout the nation during major natural disasters is one of the hallmarks of PG&E and the electric utility industry," said Geisha Williams, executive vice president of electric operations. "The men and women of PG&E are proud to help restore power to the victims of Hurricane Sandy, who are expected to experience widespread and long-term outages. We pulled crews from throughout our service area so that we can continue to provide safe, reliable and affordable electric service to our customers here in
while also providing critical restoration assistance in
Many utility companies in the storm's projected path are calling upon extra workers and resources from across the country through the industry's Mutual Aid Network. PG&E is part of the network of U.S. utilities that call on one another to assist in power restoration efforts after major events like hurricanes, winter storms and wildfires.
PG&E has coordinated with Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, and the Mutual Aid Network to determine where its assistance would be most beneficial. PG&E resources will assist Con Edison in
New York City
PG&E will send overhead and underground maintenance and construction crews, electric first responders who determine the cause of an outage and how best to restore power, and damage assessment personnel. The utility will also send logistics support and field safety personnel.