Xcel Energy crews make progress in first week of Puerto Rico restoration effort

Texas and New Mexico Xcel Energy employees helping with the Puerto Rico power restoration effort received their first work assignments on Wednesday, and successfully restored service to more than 70 customers on Thursday. 

The 16 employees arrived early Tuesday morning in Puerto Rico as part of a larger, 65-person deployment from Xcel Energy’s eight-state service area. They are working a 21-day mission alongside linemen from several other U.S. mainland utility companies. A second group of roughly the same number of employees is scheduled to travel to the island once the first group’s deployment is complete, and that group will also work for about 21 days.

The Texas-New Mexico crews have worked safely under overcast skies and high humidity. They report that the local people are excited to see the help from other parts of the United States, and have been warm and gracious. The biggest challenge so far has been moving through narrow streets where there is little to no traffic control, but local police are assisting where they can.

On Thursday the Texas-New Mexico crews energized the first two miles of a feeder line they have been assigned to repair, and successfully restored power to 73 customers. Most of this work involved setting poles and rehanging cable that has been in disrepair since the September hurricane. 


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