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Harvey: Electric Companies Remain Committed To Restoration Efforts

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At We Stand For Energy, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas and Louisiana who have been and who continue to be impacted by Harvey. Progress is being made to restore power safely and quickly in areas where damage assessments are complete and flooding is not an issue. In many areas, catastrophic flooding and damage continue to prevent crews from getting to the hardest-hit areas.

Flooding makes power restoration dangers and difficult. Learn more here.

It’s important to remember that Harvey was not a typical storm. Normally, after a hurricane or tropical storm strikes and causes power outages, it moves on and companies are able to reduce the number of outages steadily from the peak. In this case, Harvey lingered over the same areas for an extended period of time and also made a second landfall—in some cases, companies restored power and the weather undoes their work.

As electric companies continue their work to restore power, the electric power industry is coordinating with the highest levels of the federal government through the CEO-led Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council.

Restoring power is a team effort. At this point, more than 10,000 resources are dedicated to the response and recovery effort. This includes crews, lineworkers, and support personnel from the impacted companies and the industry’s mutual assistance network. Mutual assistance crews from at least 21 states across the country are responding, and additional resources are ready to mobilize if needed to further support restoration.  This dedication to mutual assistance is a hallmark of the electric power industry.

The Edison Electric Institute’s Storm Center includes a map to company outage centers, as well as real-time information and updates on response and restoration progress. For information on electric co-ops in Texas and Louisiana, visit the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. For community-owned electric companies in Texas and Louisiana, visit the American Public Power Association.