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WPS customers back in service, crews to help WE Energies at Appleton


GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAU) - Tuesday’s storm left thousands of people without electricity, and most of them were in the Fox Valley area. Kerry Spees from Wisconsin Public Service says they had help getting about seventeen thousand WPS customers back online by Thursday afternoon. He says Madison Gas and Electric and Wisconsin Power and Light both sent crews to assist WPS restore service. Spees says now, their linemen will be helping another utility in the valley Friday. “We’re going to go help WE Energies, who still has thousands out in the Appleton area. We’re going to send twenty crew members, a couple of supervisors, and the equipment down there to get their customers back on.”

Spees says it’s too early to know the cost of the storm, but he says it’s expensive. WPS does budget for storm damage because they know weather conditions can cause damage like this year around. Spees says it is not unusual for storms to take out a large number of customers, so they have to be prepared to move quickly and have supplies ready to go.

Spees gives credit to the crews, who work through some rough and dangerous conditions to get service restored for their customers. “These guys are just a bunch of dedicated people who know how important it is to all of our customers to get the service back on, because let’s face it, we all rely on electricity. It’s not just an inconvenience when it’s out. Sometimes it can be more significant than that.”

Spees is optimistic that teamwork between the utilities can get the last of the affected customers in the WE Energies service area restored by the weekend.