New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than 160 electric public and private utility experts and nearly 100 utility vehicles have arrived in Puerto Rico to assist with the recovery of its power grid caused by severe damage from Hurricane Maria in September. Governor Cuomo also announced a deployment of resources to Puerto Rico scheduled later this week that will include 220 additional utility workers and more than 180 additional vehicles, along with special equipment, to help ongoing relief efforts.
Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rosselló recently made a request to New York and other states for utility mutual aid resources in order to significantly accelerate the power restoration process on the island. As a result, utility trade associations responded to the request to bring resources to the island, and New York’s public and private utilities are the first wave to respond arriving in Puerto Rico today. The electrical crews and experts deployed include personnel from the New York Power Authority, Con Edison, AVANGRID, PSEG, National Grid and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.
“New York is stepping up our efforts to provide personnel and assistance throughout the extensive recovery process underway in Puerto Rico,” Governor Cuomo said. “I am proud of the hundreds of New York’s utility workers and engineers who are taking a hands on role in helping repair the power grid and providing much-needed storm recovery expertise. We will continue to do all that we can to support our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico as they work to rebuild stronger and better than before.”
Crews will be working diligently to support power recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and will coordinate directly with the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, in cooperation with the United States Army Corps of Engineers, to help restore the damaged electric system. The deployment is complemented by 15 damage assessors who will help expedite the necessary filings for funding reimbursements with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.