As of 2 p.m. on Monday, October 29, high winds had knocked out power for more than 500,000 utilities customers in several states on the East Coast. Highline Construction crews, previously working on ECI REC’s FEMA rebuild project, have been dispatched to assist power cooperatives out east. Rick Fredin, Highline owner, reported that he and his crew of 40 linemen were sent to Connecticut. The FEMA project will remain on hold until further notice.
Edison Electric Institute, a Washington-based group that represents hundreds of publicly traded utilities, has warned that up to 10 million people in the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions may lose power. Jersey Central Power and Light has said that repairs could take up to 10 days, and the Public Service Electric and Gas Company in New Jersey said restoring power could take a week. You can read more about hurricane developments here.
"We support the fact that Highline crews are going where they are most needed. As our core values state, cooperation amongst cooperatives is inherent to our structure. ECI REC is keeping our fellow cooperatives, their members, and everyone in the hurricane’s path in our thoughts and prayers," said Manager of Communications Lisa Franck.