Public Service Electric and Gas and PSEG Long Island will send 70 line workers and supervisors to California today to assist PG&E with damage assessment related to wildfires. PSEG personnel are scheduled to fly today to Sacramento where they will receive assignments.
“California residents have been suffering greatly due to these fires, which affect thousands of residents each day,” said Dave Daly, PSE&G president and CEO and chairman of the board of PSEG Long Island. “Responding to the call from colleagues in need is part of what we do to keep everyone safe. We have a great team and we’re happy to lend the assistance that we can.”
More than 40 PSE&G personnel from New Jersey and nearly 30 personnel from PSEG Long Island will assist PG&E. Fires around the region prompted PG&E to deenergize circuits causing preventative blackouts. To reenergize the circuits safely, inspections need to be performed to potentially restore power to many of the customers who lost power.
PG&E, through the North Atlantic Assistant Group requested 1,000 qualified electric workers to inspect and help to restore power, if needed. NAMAG is a mutual aid group, which allows for the sharing of resources such as personnel and equipment during emergencies. The hosting utility reimburses for associated costs. PSE&G and PSEG Long Island employees are scheduled to assist PG&E for about one week.