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Xcel sends crews to help in wake of Hurricane Ike

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This morning, Xcel Energy will deploy crews from Wisconsin and Michigan to help restore power in the wake of Hurricane Ike.

This effort is in response to a request for assistance from southeastern Texas utilities. The crews will be reporting for duty in Beaumont, Texas.

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Xcel Energy is sending 16 linemen from Wisconsin and Michigan and 4 support personnel. The crews will help rebuild electricity transmission and distribution systems destroyed or damaged by the hurricane.

The company is also sending approximately 58 linemen and 10 support personnel from Minnesota and Colorado.

"We will continue to assess the situation along the Gulf Coast and will send more crews if requested and available," said Mike Swenson, president and CEO, Northern States Power Company-Wisconsin, an Xcel Energy company. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the residents facing devastation from this hurricane."

Utilities maintain mutual aid agreements and routinely assist each other when storms cause massive destruction resulting in widespread, lengthy power outages. The utility requesting aid reimburses the utility whose crews are sent to help. Xcel Energy sends crews after assessing its own situation and ensuring it has adequate resources to respond to routine and emergency power outages in its service territories.

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