From the Denver Business Journal (Cathy Proctor):
“It’s been a year since the floods destroyed a great deal of our infrastructure throughout the affected areas,” said David Eves, president and CEO of Public Service Co. of Colorado, Xcel’s subsidiary in the state.
“At the time we were dedicated to taking care of our customers gas and electricity needs as quickly and safely as possible. The aftermath was about rebuilding the system and that required a great deal of planning, construction and collaboration with local and state agencies to accomplish, the bulk of which will be completed this year,” Eves said.
Xcel on Friday put out numbers for its recovery efforts:
$13 million spent to repair damage to the utility’s natural gas system; $2.5 million spent repairing the electrical system, with more spending expected; $10,000 contributed to the Foothills United Way Flood Relief to cover administrative costs for processing and collecting donations More than 400 Xcel employees worked to get the natural gas distribution system operational 37 days after the rain started. It was ready for full winter service by Oct. 31, 2013; About 70,000 Colorado customers that lost electric service, most were restored within 48 hours. More than 4,100 customers were without natural gas service, due to damage on the system.
Restoration of the natural gas system included replacing about 10 miles of plastic and steel pipe, and replacing about 900 of the 1,300 natural gas meters that were inspected.
Xcel also started a program to help customers rebuild and recover from the floods, called the “Bonus Rebates for Colorado Flood-Affected Customers.” The program, to date, has paid out more than $90,000 to 374 customers. About half the money was spent on high-efficiency furnaces and hot water heaters, Xcel said. The rebates went to customers in Boulder, Longmont, Lyons, Estes Park and other areas, Xcel said.