January 7, 2008
ROSEMEAD, Calif., Jan. 7, 2008—With thousands of people in Northern and Central California still without power, Southern California Edison (SCE) is sending repair crews and support personnel to the region to assist Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) restore power after devastating storms knocked out service to more than 2.1 million homes and businesses in the region.
SCE is sending about 80 personnel to assist PG&E restoration with efforts. They were deployed today from the Valencia area and will be working in the Monterey area.
“Utilities have a proud tradition of mutual assistance—coming to each other’s aid during power emergencies,” said Ron Litzinger, SCE senior vice president of transmission and distribution. “Many of us have friends and family living in Northern and Central California, and we want to see everyone there get their power back on as quickly and safely as possible.”
SCE’s assistance comes in response to a request by PG&E, whose own crews have been battling widespread outages for days.
SCE’s crews will replace or repair poles, towers, crossarms, transformers, and other components of PG&E’s electrical infrastructure.
Contact: Lauren Bartlett, (626) 302-2255
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An Edison International (NYSE:EIX) company, Southern California Edison is the largest electric utility in California, serving a population of more than 13 million via 4.8 million customer accounts in a 50,000-square-mile service area within Central, Coastal and Southern California.