Cummins’ personnel help provide power after Sandy cut it


After Hurricane Sandy, Steve Philips, right, general manager of rental power with Cummins Power Systems, worked with numerous East Coast customers, here with a water authority, to make sure Cummins generators, at top, provided electricity for critical systems while the power grid was off line. SUBMITTED PHOTO

After Hurricane Sandy battered the East Coast, Cummins Inc. crews, working at all hours, provided generators to power homes, hospitals and even an aquarium.

Just before the storm, they also repaired equipment that helped pump millions of gallons of water out of tunnels connecting Brooklyn and Queens with Manhattan.

At the peak of the storm, about 400 pieces of Cummins equipment generated about 217 megawatts of electricity, about as much as a small power plant. The power was being transmitted through about 250,000 feet of cable.

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