Send more energy company crews to hurricane-hit Puerto Rico
Oct 17, 2017 | 12:45 PM
In a series of tweets, Trump blamed the island for its problems. (Oct. 12, 2017)
For weeks now we have seen reports on the devastation in Puerto Rico. We see NGO's, government responders, 19,000 federal troops and volunteers hard at work delivering bottled water and food to more remote areas ("Hogan directs Maryland National Guard to aid Puerto Rico in hurricane recovery," Sept. 29). This is keeping the people alive but not fixing the problem. The news doesn't show who is making repairs to the electrical grid.
In The Sun last week was a quarter page ad thanking BGE for sending crews to help Florida with repairs to their electrical system. New York and a few other utilities have sent workers, including experts in generation and transmission, to help with planning and coordination. As of Oct. 3, Jacksonville was sending 41 lineman and loading bucket trucks on ships to Puerto Rico.
What I don't understand is why all East Coast energy companies aren't being asked to send a crew or two with trucks, transformers, poles and cable to a shipping port to be delivered to the island. BGE crews are frequently sent by road to help our neighbors after hurricanes and floods. Howard County Recreation and Parks even sent trucks and crews to Florida to clear storm debris. Now is a slow time for utility crews as our storm season comes to an end and winter snows and ice are still a few months off. If each East Coast utility sent two crews to the island, I believe the whole island grid could be rebuilt properly in a month.