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Duke Energy workers going to Puerto Rico to restore electricity; hundreds of thousands still without it

Duke Energy workers are heading to Puerto Rico to assist with hurricane restoration work
Twenty-three Duke Energy Ohio and Kentucky employees will volunteer to assist with power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico.

They will leave from the Delta Jet Center near CVG on Sunday at 8:50 a.m.

Power lines are down across Puerto Rico.

Duke Energy is joining the U.S. utility industry effort to help rebuild electric infrastructure and restore power to the island of Puerto Rico, the U.S. territory hit hard by Hurricane Maria earlier this year, with hundreds of thousands of residents still without electricity. 

Beginning in January, the company will send more than 200 Duke Energy employees along with trucks, equipment and supplies to support the effort to rebuild the power grid and restore electric service to areas hit hard by the storm.

Personnel from Duke Energy operations in the Midwest, Carolinas and Florida will take part in the effort.

The company previously sent a contingent of 100 contract line workers to support recovery efforts.

The Duke Energy team will join personnel from several U.S. electric companies deploying resources to support the effort – a total of nearly 1,500 additional restoration workers.
Duke Energy Ohio/Kentucky’s operations provide electric service to about 850,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 3,000-square-mile service area and natural gas service to approximately 529,000 customers.

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