“We sent about 150 workers, including our company employees and contract workers, to the Northeast,” said Robbin Jeter, Entergy Mississippi director of transmission and distribution. “They were very successful in helping our sister utilities in their time of need, just like the other utilities have done for us following major restorations for our customers.”
The Entergy Mississippi workers left in two waves in late October, headed for Atlantic City, New Jersey. Eventually, they worked with PSE&G, one of the largest combined electric and gas companies in the United States and New Jersey’s oldest and largest publicly owned utility. They were stationed primarily in Atlantic City and Paramus, N.J.
“Our workers remained in high spirits while away, even while facing challenges including cold weather, traffic jams and working with unfamiliar equipment,” said Jeter.
Most of the Entergy Mississippi teams will be arriving back in the state Wednesday or Thursday, with the exception of an underground network team stationed in New York City and working for Con Ed to energize network protectors which will help the reliability of the system.
Entergy’s 875 workers joined an army of 67,000 from more than 80 utility companies from as far away as Canada, California and Hawaii. The storm disrupted power to 9.6 million utility customers.
“Sandy proved to be a devastating storm and we’re doing our part to help restore normalcy to a lot of people,” Jeter said. “As one of our employees said, ‘We are a village that will do whatever it takes to get your lights on – because they’re going to be coming to help us one day.’”
Entergy Mississippi, Inc. provides electricity to more than 437,000 customers in 45 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.