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Wisconsin Public Service Corporation

For Release: 01/11/2018

WPS, We Energies crews to depart Saturday for Puerto Rico restoration effort

Approximately 55 field employees from Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We Energies will depart this Saturday, Jan. 13, from General Mitchell International Airport to travel to Puerto Rico to join power restoration efforts following Hurricane Maria in September.

Employees from both energy companies will work side by side following a request for assistance that was made to their parent company, WEC Energy Group, in December. The request was made by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a trade association of electric utility companies that has been assisting the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) in restoring power to the island since November.

"An opportunity like this – to go to an island and help restore power – has never come up before," said Craig Kahoun, operations manager – WPS, in a Dec. 27 interview with Green Bay media outlets.

Crews departing Saturday will join an advance team of eight employees who traveled to Puerto Rico on Tuesday. Together they will work to restore electric service in Puerto Rico for approximately six weeks. In total, more than 5,500 workers from energy companies across the United States will be participating in restoration efforts in Puerto Rico by mid-January.

Hurricane Maria left an estimated 3.5 million Puerto Ricans without power after it made landfall on the island. In late December, approximately 55 percent of residents who are able to receive electric service had been restored.

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