Crews Head to North Carolina & Florida to Aid Irma Response EffortsSep 11, 2017
Waltham, Mass. – September 11, 2017 - More than 300 National Grid employees and 100 vehicles--including our mobile command unit—will be departing on Tuesday, September 12th to support Duke Energy and Tampa Electric in their response efforts to Hurricane Irma.
“As part of the industry’s Mutual Assistance Network, we are proud to support our friends at Duke Energy and Tampa Electric,” said Dean Seavers, president of National Grid US. “With nearly six million Floridians without power this morning, we know the task ahead will not be easy. The complexity of power restoration after a catastrophic storm requires significant logistical expertise, along with skilled line workers and specialized equipment.”
Following any event that causes widespread power outages, electric companies must respond safely, swiftly, and efficiently to restore service to affected customers. Given the size and strength of Hurricane Irma, the storm is likely to be one of the largest industry restoration efforts in U.S. history.
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National Grid is transforming our electricity and natural gas networks with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Our Northeast 80×50 Pathway is an industry leading analysis for how to reach that goal in the states we serve, focusing on the power generation, heat, and transportation sectors.
Read more about National Grid’s vision to accelerate the transition to a decarbonized economy and rebuild opportunity for America’s working families in The Clean Energy Promise, an eBook written by National Grid’s U.S. president, Dean Seavers.