(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) – With Hurricane Irene barreling down the Atlantic Coast, Kentucky Utilities and Louisville Gas and Electric Companies will offer restoration assistance to PPL Electric Utilities in Pennsylvania, a subsidiary of PPL Corporation, the utilities’ parent company, as well as Dominion Power in Virginia.
Nearly 260 KU and LG&E employees and Kentucky-based contractors left on Friday morning from locations across Kentucky to provide support in what will likely be a significant restoration event for the Northeast.
The team consists of veteran line technicians, team leaders, safety specialists, and tree trimmers. Crews will replace or repair poles, towers, cross-arms, transformers, and other components of electrical infrastructure that will likely be damaged by Hurricane Irene.
The effort is part of KU and LG&E’s participation in the mutual assistance program, in which a collection of utility companies assist other utilities in times of natural disasters and crisis situations.
Earlier this month, after severe weather ravaged Kentucky, KU and LG&E leveraged their participation in the mutual assistance program to bring in more than 1,650 workers from Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania to complement a full array of KU and LG&E crews, who led the charge in restoring power to more than 182,800 customers.
"We’re committed to helping our Northeast neighbors in their time of need," said David Guy, Director of System Restoration and Dispatch Operations for LG&E and KU. “At the same time, we want to reassure our customers that we remain committed to providing the exceptional service they deserve as we assist in this restoration effort.”
Crews will continue to restore power for the requesting utilities until no longer needed and as long as weather patterns remain calm in KU and LG&E service territory.