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Hurricane Maria, a devastating Category 4 storm, made landfall in Puerto Rico last September, impacting all critical infrastructure and damaging at least 80 percent of the island's energy grid. The damage caused by Hurricane Maria was unlike anything we have ever seen on the mainland United States, and this power restoration mission was more difficult than other restoration efforts.
 
A restoration of this complexity and magnitude demanded a response to match it, and a strong partnership resulted with PREPA, FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractors, and industry mutual assistance crews working together to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.
 
Nearly 60 investor-owned electric companies and public power utilities committed crews, equipment, and/or materials to the emergency power restoration mission. Overall, approximately 3,000 industry lineworkers and support personnel were involved in the restoration effort on the island.
 
Read about the restoration mission in Puerto Rico from Carlos D. Torres, an EEI consultant and Puerto Rico power restoration coordinator, in the May/June issue of Electric Perspectives.
 
Watch a video​ highlighting the challenges crews faced and the courage, ingenuity, and determination with which they overcame those obstacles


 
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DTE Energy Workers Continue Relief Aid in Puerto Rico
March 9
FPL - A Wave of Lineworkers Head to Puerto Rico
March 9
FPL - Message From Crew Members
March 1
Arizona Public Service Employees Return From Helping in Puerto Rico
February 28
PPL Crews Return From Mission to Restore Power in Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico
February 28
Second Group of LG&E, KU Employees Travel to Puerto Rico
February 28
Local Xcel Workers Return Home After Helping Restore Power in Puerto Rico
February 27
EEI Thanks President Trump for Extending Critical Federal Funding to Support Power Restoration Efforts in Puerto Rico
January 29
Delmarva Power Crews Answer Call to Assist in Puerto Rico Recovery
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March 29
Ameren crews partnered with the St. Louis Cardinals to hand out hats/gear
March 27
Delmarva Power and Exelon: One Team, One Mission
March 26
Atlantic City Electric and Exelon: One Team, One Mission
March 26
BGE Powering Up for Puerto Rico
March 23
APS - A home away from home in Puerto Rico
March 20
Fox News: DTE Crews Working to Restore Power in Puerto Rico.
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