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35 CPS Energy team members answer call to assist Jacksonville

September 28, 2022 (SAN ANTONIO) – CPS Energy, in response to a mutual assistance request from Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA), today sent crews and support staff to Florida. The storm restoration caravan departed San Antonio this morning headed for Jacksonville to help restore power for any JEA customers who may be impacted by Hurricane Ian. 

“Our crews are among the best in the business at getting the lights back on quickly and safely in all kinds of weather conditions,” said CPS Energy President & CEO Rudy D. Garza. “When JEA reached out to us, I immediately called the CEO and told him we’d answer the call. We are One Team here in our community and for our fellow neighbors in need halfway across the country.”

The storm restoration team includes 35 members with three overhead teams, consisting of six crew members per group, and 17 members of the fleet and safety team and other staff. They are traveling in 17 vehicles comprised of 6 bucket trucks, 3 pole setting trucks and other support equipment. The team will drive to Mobile, Alabama to rest overnight while they await their assignments for any affected areas in Jacksonville. CPS Energy is prepared to provide assistance for up to two weeks.

If Hurricane Ian wreaks the damage anticipated, the storm restoration effort will mark the third time in six years CPS Energy has provided mutual assistance to JEA. In September 2017, crews were called when more 100,000 customers were without power following Hurricane Irma in Florida. In October 2016, CPS Energy helped restore power for 150,000 customers in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

For updates on the potential restoration efforts, follow CPS Energy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About CPS Energy

Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest public power, natural gas, and electric company, providing safe, reliable, and competitively-priced service to more than 907,526 electric and 373,998 natural gas customers in San Antonio and portions of seven adjoining counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s 20 largest cities – while generating $8 billion in revenue for the City of San Antonio for 80 years. As a trusted and strong community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development, and educational investment. We are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through our employees’ volunteerism in giving back to our city and programs aimed at bringing value to our customers. CPS Energy is among the top public power wind energy buyers in the nation and number one in Texas for solar generation.

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