OG&E, not fighting an Oklahoma ice storm for the moment, is sending crews to a place where they generally don’t have ice storms:
Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. crews and trucks soon will join a widening effort to restore power to Puerto Rico, the utility said Tuesday.
Fifty OG&E vehicles are scheduled to be delivered to Lake Charles, Louisiana, on Thursday. From there, the trucks will be loaded onto a barge and sent to Puerto Rico.
Fifty OG&E crew members are set to leave for Puerto Rico on Jan. 13 and begin work on the island two days later. Those crew members will work for 20 days before being replaced by another 50 OG&E crew members for another 20 days.
About 3500 utility workers are currently in Puerto Rico, where power may or may not be 65 percent restored:
The 65 percent figure given for power restoration in Puerto Rico could be misleading by failing to measure how much electricity is actually reaching customers, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.
The estimate by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority [PREPA] that nearly two-thirds of the grid was back on line only accounted for the amount of power being generated, but Hurricane Maria destroyed PREPA’s ability to gauge how much of that power was reaching homes, Corps officials said.
An $81 billion disaster relief bill, about double what President Donald Trump initially requested, has stalled in Congress and likely won’t be taken up until January.
And who knows if even $81 billion will be enough?