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Over 200 New York utility personnel arrive in Puerto Rico to help repair grid

By on November 21, 2017

SAN JUAN – More than 200 New York public and private electric utility experts and over 180 utility vehicles arrived Tuesday in Puerto Rico to assist with rebuilding the island’s power grid, most of which was left in shambles by Hurricane María two months ago.

The crews are in addition to personnel sent by the state on Nov. 13, when 160 workers and nearly 100 vehicles arrived in Puerto Rico. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that 40 additional utility workers are scheduled to arrive next week, for a combined 400 workers.

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The electric utility crews and experts deployed from New York include personnel from the New York Power Authority (NYPA), Con Edison, Avangrid, PSEG, National Grid and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

“With this additional wave of electric utility support, New York is reaffirming our commitment to help our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico in the ongoing recovery effort,” Cuomo said in a Tuesday release.

Gov. Ricardo Rosselló recently made a request to New York and other states for utility mutual aid resources to supplement the grid-repair work underway.

In the week following the hurricane, the NYPA sent technical experts and teams that assisted the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) in the first assessments of the grid, such as the island’s 360 substations, according to a release from Cuomo’s office.

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