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Army Corps of Engineers exceeding goals in Puerto Rico, says chief engineer: As power grid restoration efforts continue throughout Puerto Rico, approximately 84 percent of the territory’s energy production capability has been restored.

The keys to that success have been the Soldiers and Civilians of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, chief of engineers and commanding general of the USACE, during Wednesday briefing at the Pentagon.

Over the last year, the Corps has played a vital role in assisting with hurricane response efforts in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Texas, and Florida, and with wildfire debris removal throughout northern California.

While the Corps is not doctrinally responsible for power grid restoration, Semonite said that in Puerto Rico, the Corps was asked to take on that role. Limited access to resources on the Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico, he said, prompted the Department of Energy to seek out the help of the Corps.

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Army Corps of Engineers exceeding goals in Puerto Rico, says chief engineer: As power grid restoration efforts continue throughout Puerto Rico, approximately 84 percent of the territory’s energy production capability has been restored.The keys to that success have been the Soldiers and Civilians of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, chief of engineers and commanding general of the USACE, during Wednesday briefing at the Pentagon.Over the last year, the Corps has played a vital role in assisting with hurricane response efforts in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Texas, and Florida, and with wildfire debris removal throughout northern California.While the Corps is not doctrinally responsible for power grid restoration, Semonite said that in Puerto Rico, the Corps was asked to take on that role. Limited access to resources on the Virgin Islands and in Puerto Rico, he said, prompted the Department of Energy to seek out the help of the Corps.