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San Diego Padres Game on June 4 Will Honor Lineworkers and Support Personnel Involved in Puerto Rico Power Restoration Mission

WASHINGTON, DC (May 31, 2018) – Dedicated lineworkers and support personnel from the nation’s investor-owned electric companies will attend the San Diego Padres vs. Atlanta Braves game on Monday, June 4, at Petco Park and will be honored during a pregame ceremony for their contributions to the unprecedented emergency power restoration mission in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. This special event is taking place during EEI’s 2018 Annual Convention in San Diego

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, impacting all critical infrastructure, damaging at least 80 percent of the island’s energy grid, and leaving all island residents without power. 

Electric companies from the mainland that provided mutual assistance to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) faced incredibly challenging and complex restoration work because of the enormity of the damage. Extensive portions of Puerto Rico’s energy grid also are in rugged, mountainous terrain that has little or no road access. Getting crews and equipment to Puerto Rico was much more complicated and time-intensive than deploying mutual assistance on the mainland, and it required extensive coordination among responding companies. 

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. 

On May 22, PREPA announced that power had been restored to more than 99 percent of its customers across the island who can receive electricity. This is a significant milestone that was reached by PREPA and its restoration partners, including FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and its contractors, and industry mutual assistance crews.

“The power restoration effort in Puerto Rico was a massive and unprecedented mission, and electric companies from across the country responded to the call for help,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “The men and women of the electric power industry pulled together with one goal in mind, to restore power to the people of Puerto Rico – it truly was one team, one mission. We are excited to be in San Diego for our annual convention, and we are grateful that nearly 200 of the dedicated men and women who helped our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico will be on hand to be honored by the Padres before the game on June 4.”

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Carlos D. Torres, a retiree from New York’s Con Edison who has served as the Power Restoration Coordinator in Puerto Rico. 

The Padres also will welcome San Diego Gas & Electric President Scott Drury who will ring the ceremonial mission bell during the pregame ceremony at Petco Park.

The 2018 EEI Annual Convention brings together leading electric power industry CEOs, thought leaders, policymakers, and partners for dynamic keynotes, cutting-edge breakout content, and stimulating dialogue at the industry’s premiere networking event. More information can be found here​

EEI member company lineworkers and support personnel will be available for media interviews at the baseball game on Monday, June 4, and at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego on Tuesday, June 5, during the convention. If you are interested in speaking with lineworkers and/or support personnel who were part of this mission, please contact EEI Senior Manager of Media Relations Brian Reil at breil@eei.org or (508) 414-5794.

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