2nd wave of DTE crews to head to Puerto Rico

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

A second wave of DTE Energy work crews are scheduled to begin a trip to Puerto Rico to help restore power on the Caribbean island, officials said.

The company said 80 linemen, mechanics, damage assessors, engineers and other personnel are scheduled to get on a plane for Puerto Rico Friday morning.

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Their departure will come about a month after the company sent 80 of its workers to help restore electricity on the island, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20, 2017.

The workers are scheduled to take off from the Oakland County International Airport at about 7 a.m. Friday.

DTE's first wave of workers is expected to return to Metro Detroit Friday night, according to company officials. The crews joined counterparts from 18 other U.S. energy companies in the effort.

The company has been documenting the efforts of its employees in Puerto Rico on a video blog.

Based in Detroit, DTE Energy operates an electric utility that serves 2.2 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas utility that serves 1.2 million customers across the state. The company has a total workforce of about 10,000 employees.