TECO Peoples Gas Sending Help to Restore Gas Service in Sandy’s Aftermath
About a dozen Peoples Gas workers now heading to New York to help National
TAMPA, Fla. -- December 03, 2012
In a first-of-its-kind trip, a baker’s dozen of TECO Peoples Gas workers are
leaving for New York today to help National Grid restore natural gas service
to its Long Island customers who continue to be without service in the
aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Crews left this morning for the two-day drive to West Hempstead, N.Y., and
they are prepared to stay for nearly three weeks. They will replace regulators
and turn on natural gas service for residential customers.
“We have appreciated the assistance of other gas utilities in our times of
need, and we are happy to return these types of favors whenever we can,” said
Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas. “We are proud to
help the customers of National Grid during this extensive restoration effort.”
This brings to nearly 130 the total employees from TECO Energy companies who
have traveled to the Northeast to help with Sandy restoration. Tampa Electric
sent 115 employees – plus 175 contractors – to New Jersey to restore power in
October and early November.
Residents of Long Island and some areas of New York City were the hardest hit
when Superstorm Sandy came ashore Oct. 29. The storm’s hurricane-force winds
wreaked havoc and left thousands of residents without power and natural gas,
in some cases for days or weeks. National Grid said it is continuing
around-the-clock efforts to repair portions of its natural gas system that
were damaged or destroyed by the storm.
Peoples Gas participates in the Northeast Gas Association’s mutual assistance
network, which is a collection of natural-gas utilities that help each other
in case of emergency. Crews supporting the restoration efforts of other
utilities are paid by the host utility.
Peoples Gas System, Florida’s largest natural gas distribution company, is one
of the three core businesses of TECO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: TE), an
energy-related holding company with regulated electric and gas utility
operations in Florida through Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System. Peoples
Gas serves nearly 340,000 customers in most of Florida’s major metropolitan
areas and beyond. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and
operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.
TECO Peoples Gas
Cherie Jacobs, 813-228-4945
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