Idaho Power Co. has made 15-20 linemen, foremen and mechanics along with trucks and other equipment available to eastern electric utilities.
More than 8 million people are without power after Hurricane Sandy came ashore Monday. Utilities like Idaho Power cooperate through organizations like the Western Energy Institute.
Idaho Power’s offer is similar to that of other utilities. PacifiCorp, which is a larger company, is sending about 20 people. PG&E is sending almost 100.
Some are sending only linemen who will use the local utility’s trucks and equipment on site, said Lynette Berriochoa, an Idaho Power spokeswoman. Others are putting trucks on tractor-trailers for hauling them across the country. PG&E chartered a jet and sent crews who will meet their equipment in a few days.
By the way, the utilities will be reimbursed so their customers won’t pick up the tab.