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Consumers Energy increasing its commitment to restore power after Irma landfall

Consumers Energy is sending an additional 130 employees and contractors Wednesday to help restore power to Georgia residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma. (Courtesy of Consumers Energy)

Consumers Energy is sending an additional 130 employees and contractors Wednesday to help restore power to Georgia residents in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

Crews are leaving from Jackson Wednesday to join over 220 Consumers Energy employees and contractors already in Boca Raton, Fla. area performing restoration work. The new contingent of lineworkers, damage assessors, supervisors, safety personnel and other field employees is expected to report to the Atlanta area by Friday and will be working for Georgia Power.

Twelve lineworker crews and Consumers Energy bucket trucks, comprised of 36 individuals from a dozen service centers from Traverse City to Battle Creek, will be making the trek to Georgia. About 20 support personnel are also coming from various locations across Michigan.

“We have all seen the images of utter devastation from Irma, and the reports we’re getting back from our colleagues already in Florida emphasize the need for more assistance in the region,” said Guy Packard, Consumers Energy vice president of electric operations. “We have been fortunate to receive assistance from out of state after severe weather in Michigan. Now it’s time for us to return the favor.”

Packard continued, “We made this decision after carefully analyzing our current workload in Michigan and reviewing the weather forecasts. We’re confident we can both meet our customers’ needs as well as help the millions of people affected by Hurricane Irma.”

Consumers Energy personnel are expected to remain in the state for up to two weeks, coordinating directly with Georgia Power.

Today’s announcement brings the number to over 350 of Consumers Energy employees and contractors dedicated to Irma restoration. This exceeds the 340 company employees and contractors sent to the East Coast to help restore electricity and natural gas following Hurricane Sandy in November 2012.

The Edison Electric Institute, a national trade association of energy providers, said nearly 60,000 workers from across the United States and Canada are involved in the effort to restore power following Hurricane Irma.

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