PHOENIX – APS
is sending 50 line workers and support staff to Puerto Rico in early January to
assist with ongoing power restoration efforts on the island. Hundreds of
thousands of customers remain without electricity after powerful hurricanes hit
the island in September.
The crews going from APS will be part of a nationwide
mutual assistance effort
, sending nearly 1,500 electric workers to bolster
restoration efforts on the island. Ahead of crews’ arrival in early January,
APS is transporting vehicles and equipment via barges from the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Crews and support staff making the 3,000-mile
journey to Puerto Rico represent a diverse swath of APS’s territory with
employees coming from Yuma, Douglas, Cottonwood, Surprise, Buckeye, Goodyear,
Paradise Valley and Phoenix. These crews will join the nearly 5,500 restoration
workers already on the island who are assisting the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority
(PREPA). PREPA, along with FEMA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), has been running an emergency command center on the island
since early December. APS has committed crews to the island through mid-March.
Providing mutual assistance is not new to APS.
In 2012, APS sent
crews to help with restoration efforts in New York after Superstorm Sandy, and early last year to assist with efforts in Northern
California after major storms caused flooding and toppled power lines.
“APS did not hesitate to answer the call for
help,” says Jacob
Tetlow, APS’s VP of Transmission and Distribution Operations. “Our team is working to support the people of Puerto Rico
because it is the right thing to do. APS is proud to be a part of this effort,
and we look forward to working hand-in-hand with energy companies from around
the country to help restore power to the citizens of Puerto Rico.”
APS serves about 2.7
million people in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is the Southwest’s foremost
producer of clean safe and reliable electricity. Using a balanced energy mix
that is nearly 50 percent carbon-free, APS has one of the country’s most
substantial renewable energy portfolios, and owns and operates the Palo Verde
Generating Station, the country’s top power producer and largest producer of
carbon-free energy. The company is also a proven leader in introducing
technology and services that offer customers choice and control over their
energy consumption. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal
subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).
APS trucks and equipment arrive in Lake Charles, Louisiana: