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Crews Sent to Northern Ohio to Restore Power

November 02, 2012

Newark, OH, November 2, 2012 at 10:00 am:  The Energy Cooperative dispatched two storm recovery crews consisting of four Linemen and one Operator, along with two bucket trucks and one pole digging truck. The crews were sent early Friday morning to assist First Energy, an investor-owned electric utility located in Cleveland, Ohio.

Before Hurricane Sandy hit the United States, First Energy dispatched roughly 200 linemen and 1,000 support staff to aid in power restoration efforts along the East Coast. Shortly thereafter, First Energy also suffered widespread power outages due to high winds brought on by the storm. The Energy Cooperative crews were sent to focus on a portion of Northeast Ohio where 75,000 First Energy customers remain without power.

“The Energy Cooperative was lucky to experience only 200 members without power after Hurricane Sandy passed through Central Ohio,” said Todd Ware, President/CEO of The Energy Cooperative. “Fortunately, we quickly restored those outages by Tuesday afternoon. Now that we are in the clear, and with so many fellow Ohioans still without power, providing mutual aid is the right thing to do,” Ware said.

First Energy estimates the majority of service should be restored to Clevelanders by the end of this weekend. At that point, The Energy Cooperative will determine if storm recovery crews are called home or dispatched to assist other electric utilities.

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