PSO on standby to help other states dealing with snow, ice

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 2/13 5:25 pm Published: 2/13 4:34 pm

TULSA, Okla. - More than 200,000 customers in Atlanta alone are waiting for their power to be restored.

Now, workers from PSO are on standby to help other parts of the country.

“We participate in mutual assistance and other utilities help us in times of need,” said Stan Whiteford with PSO.

But at this point, no one from Georgia has reached out to them.

“We had a call in yesterday originally from a utility in Virginia seeking some resources, but that turned out to be they didn't need it. So that's been the extent of our involvement so far,” said Whiteford.

Even if local crews are asked for help, he said it's not always a simple yes. There are other factors involved.

“How's the weather here? What’s it looking like? Are there any major issues going on? Can we release these crews and not create any hardships in our own area?” said Whiteford.

And as for another major factor, money, he said Green County customers will never have to foot the bill for mutual aid.

“If we go to help any other utility outside of our area and help in their restoration, they would be paying for us,” he said.

And likewise, when PSO has needed extra reinforcement, they pay for other companies that come to Green County.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/13/2014 7:56 PM
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It is false to just call them PSO. They are PSO/AEP
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