(San Antonio, TX) September 4, 2019 – CPS Energy is sending 65 team members to Florida to help restore power outages that are anticipated from the impact of Hurricane Dorian. True to their People First philosophy, the company responded to a request from Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA) to assist with any power restoration efforts that are needed. CPS Energy team members will travel half-way across the country to join other utilities in a tremendous effort to bring relief to those affected by the storm.
“Understanding the serious impact that Hurricane Dorian has had so far, we sincerely wish our team members safe travels and hope that going forward, everyone in the storm’s path can remain safe before, during, and afterward,” said Paula Gold-Williams, CPS Energy President & CEO. “Our field team members excel in their skills to restore the utility energy services of customers and communities in need. In turn, we are proud of how they are driven to represent San Antonio’s kindness and commitment to the greater good.”
Crew members, including personnel from overhead construction, linemen, pole handlers, fleet, safety and more support, caravanned out of San Antonio in 30 vehicles including 14 bucket trucks, 3 pole setting trucks and other support equipment. The team plans to drive to Moss Point, Mississippi to rest for the night before continuing to a staging area in Jacksonville, Florida where they will receive instructions regarding their assignment. The crews are expected to remain in Florida for 1 – 2 weeks.
Providing aid to other communities is something CPS Energy crews are known to do. In recent years, CPS Energy has responded to calls for assistance throughout the country whenever devastating hurricanes have led to widespread outages including Harvey in Texas, Irma in Florida, Maria in Puerto Rico and more.
About CPS Energy
Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest public power, natural gas and electric company, providing safe, reliable, and competitively-priced service to 840,750 electric and 352,585 natural gas customers in San Antonio and portions of seven adjoining counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s 20 largest cities – while generating $7 billion in revenue for the City of San Antonio for more than seven decades. As a trusted and strong community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development and educational investment. True to our People First philosophy, we are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through our employees’ volunteerism in giving back to our city and programs aimed at bringing value to our customers. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation.