Dominion Virginia Power Joins Utilities Nationwide Helping To Restore Power In
- Crews headed to New York, New Jersey immediately after completing Hurricane
Sandy restoration in Virginia
- Industry-wide collaborative effort brings skilled utility workers to focus
on helping those in need
RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 2, 2012
RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Dominion Virginia Power is joining
with utilities across the nation and providing skilled workers to help power
companies in the Northeast recover from severe damage caused by Hurricane
Sandy and a major winter storm system.
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"Our nation's electric utilities respond immediately and comprehensively when
a call for help goes out from one of our peers," said Paul D. Koonce, chief
executive officer of Dominion Virginia Power. "We are now able to help
utilities in their time of need, just as our customers benefitted from outside
assistance when hurricanes Isabel and Irene and other major storms brought
catastrophic damage to us."
Dominion has offered nearly 1,500 skilled workers to assist in the restoration
effort in New York and New Jersey, including linemen, tree trimmers, storm
damage patrollers and underground cable workers. The company also is sending
its Mobile Command Center, bucket trucks and supporting vehicles.
Using a process called "mutual aid," utilities that need the help are matched
up with the available workers who have the appropriate skills. The result is a
massive workforce that can be mustered to assist when disaster strikes.
"This is the largest deployment of mutual aid resources in our company's
history," said Koonce. "Those in the northbound contingent will do their best
to assist people in need, and those who remain here will keep the lights on
for our customers." Dominion crews and vehicles will leave Friday morning.
They will provide assistance until they are no longer needed.
By Thursday evening, Dominion had restored electric service to all 322,000 of
its customers affected by the hurricane and winter storm.
Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters
of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 27,400 megawatts of generation.
Dominion operates the nation's largest natural gas storage system and serves
retail energy customers in 15 states. For more information about Dominion,
visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
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