Brigade Florida Power & Light Company deployed to Puerto Rico to help accelerate restoration efforts

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

- 140 electrical workers and support staff FPL laying traveled from Florida today, joining a new wave of support from electric power companies across the US. UU.

- FPL brigades will work with company leaders who are already on the island which represent one of the seven Incident Management Teams energy industry across the US. UU.

- FPL is committed to restore power in Puerto Rico and stay on the island as long as the assistance and experience of our company is requested

Juno Beach, Florida, January 8, 2018 - Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) announced today that 140 workers power lines and staff additional support were deployed to Puerto Rico to help restore electrical service in areas affected by Hurricane Mary. Hundreds of thousands of people remain without power almost four months after this destructive storm devastated the island.

"As part of our commitment FPL to help restore electric service to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico, our dedicated employees worked tirelessly during holidays - both on the island and here at home - to prepare for the next wave of support" said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. "Providing mutual aid is essential for the electric power industry and our workers wirings are highly trained, well equipped and ready to start work once they reach Puerto Rico. We know how hard it is to be without electricity, that is why we are prepared to stay in Puerto Rico as long as our assistance and our experience is requested ".

All 3.5 million residents of the island were left without electricity due to Hurricane Maria in late September. Wirings workers and staff FPL are part of a contingent of nearly 1,500 workers throughout the country. In late December, FPL began shipping to Puerto Rico vehicles and electrical equipment via barges that came from the Port of Fort Pierce in St. Lucie County, Florida.

Electrical workers and support staff tended company will work with the Incident Management Team (IMT, for its acronym in English) FPL 10 people has been working in Puerto Rico since 10 December. FPL employees represent one of the seven teams IMT assigned to seven regions of the island which assist the Authority Puerto Rico Electric Power (AEE), the Corps of Engineers US Army. UU. (US Army Corps of Engineers, USACE), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA) and the contractors of electrical services that are already restoring energy. The IMT FPL team continue to provide support to restore power in the region of Bayamon, west of San Juan.

FPL's support for the restoration of electric service began in Puerto Rico after the energy company completed its own restoration in post-Hurricane Irma days. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria Dias, NextEra Energy, FPL's parent company, he donated $ 100,000 and matched employee donations to help those affected by the storm. Many employees also organized fundraisers and set up collection centers for supplies to help people affected throughout the island.

"We feel a responsibility to help accelerate efforts to restore electric service in Puerto Rico, partly because many of our customers and employees have close ties to the island, but largely because it is right," said Manny Miranda, vice president executive FPL electricity supply. "Having recently completed the restoration unprecedented electricity to more than 4.4 million FPL customers after Hurricane Irma, I am confident that our team of workers power lines, managers and staff of highly qualified support will soon begin to make a difference for many of our fellow Americans. "

From an operational standpoint, FPL coordinated the delivery of thousands of power poles and other equipment to Puerto Rico and joined Governor Rick Scott of Florida to the island in November. Since then, FPL's leadership has remained in Puerto Rico sharing technical expertise and guiding the work of restoring electric service. Governor Scott established as a priority commitment to offer support to the citizens of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, communicating regularly with Governor Ricardo Rossello traveling to the island to provide state assistance and meet regularly with FPL for information about progress.

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