DUKE POWER SENDS MORE THAN 1,300 PERSONNEL TO HELP WITH HURRICANE KATRINA RESTORATION EFFORTS
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Power has sent more than 1,300 employees, contractors and their equipment to assist in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Duke Power’s hurricane relief efforts began last week when teams were dispatched to Miami, Fla., to restore power after Katrina’s first landfall. Those crews continue to work alongside teams from Florida Power and Light.
This week, Duke Power dispatched crews on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to travel to Jackson, Miss., to help Entergy workers rebuild and restore power and critical services to residents in that area. The personnel include technicians, tree crews and transmission crews to help in storm-battered areas.
Duke Power routinely shares resources with other utilities during time of natural disasters through mutual aid agreements facilitated by the Southeastern Electric Exchange (SEE). During frequent conference calls, SEE coordinates the needs and available resources from each member utility, including Duke Power. The system is particularly effective when natural disasters strike, causing power outages and other devastation.
“We’re pleased to send Duke Power personnel to help restore power in areas most impacted by one of our nation’s worst natural disasters,” said Theopolis Holeman, group vice president of power delivery. “I’m very proud of the men and women in our organization who are leaving their homes, families and the comforts we so often take for granted to help others.”
Duke Energy, through The Duke Energy Foundation, today committed up to $200,000 to the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts. The Foundation will contribute $100,000 immediately and has set aside another $100,000 to match donations made by Duke Energy employees and retirees through the end of September.
Duke Power, a business unit of Duke Energy, is one of the nation’s largest electric utilities and provides safe, reliable, competitively priced electricity and value-added products and services to more than 2 million customers in North Carolina and South Carolina. The company operates three nuclear generating stations, eight coal-fired stations, 31 hydroelectric stations and numerous combustion turbine units. Total system generating capability is approximately 19,900 megawatts. More information about Duke Power is available on the Internet at: http://www.dukepower.com.
Duke Energy is a diversified energy company with a portfolio of natural gas and electric businesses, both regulated and unregulated, and an affiliated real estate company. Duke Energy supplies, delivers and processes energy for customers in the Americas. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 500 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available on the Internet at: http://www.duke-energy.com.