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BRIEF: Xcel Energy sending employees to help with power restoration in Puerto Rico

  • Jan 11, 2018
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Saint Paul Pioneer Press

Jan. 11--Electricity utility Xcel Energy is sending 65 employees to Puerto Rico to help restore power to the thousands of residents there who have been without power since Hurricane Maria hit in September, the Minneapolis-based company announced Wednesday.

The call for help came to Xcel last month. In response, the company is sending about 50 line workers from the Upper Midwest, Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico as well as some safety and support staff, according to the company.

Crews plan to work in Caguas, a remote region on the southeast portion of the island where the storm came inland, the company said.

Crew members will fly out to Puerto Rico at the end of January, according to Xcel. Trucks left for Puerto Rico earlier this month.

Xcel is one of more than 20 electric companies sending a combined 1,500 additional workers to Puerto Rico. It is the dominant electricity provider in Minnesota.

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