Duke Energy to use Vermillion County industrial park for major storm base camp operations

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PLAINFIELD, Ind. – Duke Energy and Vermillion Rise Mega Park have negotiated a license agreement that allows the company to establish a base camp to accommodate large numbers of utility workers, equipment and supplies needed to restore power following a large-scale storm event.

The license agreement permits Duke Energy to use available space at the Vermillion County industrial park to stage and deploy large numbers of equipment and personnel in a location close to where storm damage is located.

This large space allows Duke Energy crews and contractors to respond more quickly and effectively when large power outages occur and provides the opportunity to practice social distancing. The company continues to find creative ways to keep crews separated in the current work environment and challenges Covid-19 has created.

“Whenever possible, it’s best to locate repair crews as close to the restoration work as we can to help keep outage duration times to a minimum,” Kevin Morgan, Duke Energy general manager for emergency preparedness for Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky said. “We appreciate the willingness of the mega park to serve as a utility worker base camp whenever the need arises.”

Base camps include restroom facilities, material areas, meal tents and sleeping trailers, leaving area hotel rooms available for customers needing shelter whose homes have been damaged.

“Early in our redevelopment efforts, Duke Energy assisted us with upgrading our electric power infrastructure, and more recently they have provided resources to pursue effective economic development marketing activities,” Bob Grewe, executive director of Vermillion Rise Mega Park said. “We are delighted to be in a position to respond and provide Duke Energy the access they need to support staging their base camp facility.”

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