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Wisconsin Public Service Corporation

For Release: 12/27/2017

WPS, We Energies crews join power restoration efforts in Puerto Rico

Crews from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We Energies soon will depart to help restore electric service in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in September. Employees from both energy companies will be deployed on behalf of their parent company, WEC Energy Group, which was asked to assist with restoration efforts earlier in December by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a trade association of electric utility companies.

The work in Puerto Rico is unprecedented for the WPS and We Energies crews, as it is the first time they have been requested to assist with restoration efforts outside of the continental United States. However, both energy companies have experience restoring power in the wake of hurricanes, including this fall in Georgia and Florida following Hurricane Irma.

More than 35 We Energies and 20 WPS field personnel will travel to Puerto Rico in early- to mid-January, spending approximately four to six weeks repairing portions of the territory's electric grid. In total, more than 5,500 workers from energy companies across the United States will be participating in the restoration effort in Puerto Rico by mid-January.

An estimated 3.5 million Puerto Ricans were left without power after Hurricane Maria made landfall in September, impacting the entire island. Three months later, an estimated 40-50 percent of residents remain without power.

Additional media interview opportunities and updates will be announced while the WPS and We Energies crews are working in Puerto Rico.

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