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Hurricane Sandy blackouts hit millions. Can power companies cope?

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Utilizing the industry's "mutual assistance" pacts, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) had ordered extra power restoration crews and tree trimmers from Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Florida, California, and Iowa. Con Edison, serving New York, reported Sunday that more than 700 extra line workers, tree crews and damage assessors had been called in to help with storm restoration. Public Service Electric & Gas in New Jersey reported 1,179 contractors, linemen and tree crews on hand for outage response. Similar preparations were reported in North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia.

Other energy suppliers, too, were taking action as well. Refineries along the East Coast reported they were throttling back or shutting down operations.

Phillips 66 reported that it had shut down its 238,000 barrel per day refinery in Linden, N.J. Production was cut back at Philadelphia Energy Solutions’ 335,000 bpd refinery in Philadelphia, and PBF Energy’s Delaware City refinery with 182,200 bpd.

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