Fannin County, Texas, October 12, 2021 – Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Energy”), a global leader in renewable energy, announced today it has successfully completed construction and begun operations at its 83 MWac Phoenix Solar Project located in Fannin County, Texas.
The ERCOT grid is called an "electrical island" since it's isolated from other energy sources. One company has been trying to change that since 2011.
“We live in an amazing community; we really do,” Sandy said. “We’re so proud of our community, and being able to facilitate the community as a whole helping their neighbors that need it is wonderful. “Our community members volunteer their time and put in a lot of effort to make Christmas happen for the kids.”
Founded in the year 2000, Project Hope is a non-profit dedicated to helping people through the rough times when they need assistance the most. Simply put, their motto is: Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
The new 2,000 square foot Burney Library has become a point of pride in the community, and it continues to expand the services it offers to people in the community.
The Amarillo Area Foundation has a big mission: As the only non-profit community foundation serving the 400,000 citizens of the Texas Panhandle, it oversees a variety of initiatives, programs, grants and more.
The Boys & Girls Club in Kingsville has an umbrella program called, “Project Learn” comprised of three main programs: Education, Life Skills, and a Healthy Lifestyle.
There is a beautiful red brick building that stands in Eli, Nevada. Built in 1927, the Centennial Fine Arts Center was the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Tabernacle that served White Pine County and Eastern Nevada all the way to 1977.
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Oscar Velazquez is the Facility Manager for Santa Isabel Wind in Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico.
A mechanical engineer by trade with a Master’s Degree in Engineering Management, Oscar seems to be sent from central casting.
To keep pace with the demand for renewable energy and support our growing portfolio of operating facilities, Pattern Energy expanded the power and transmission scheduling capabilities of our Energy Management Group in 2020.
Renewable power developer Pattern Energy is nearing completion of a mammoth wind project in east central New Mexico that, once fully operational in December, will constitute the largest single-phase renewable energy build-out in U.S. history.
On August 7, 2021, the Curry County and Clovis Chamber of Commerce hosted a Back to School Bash at the Clovis Civic Center.
The Bootleg FD recently held a luncheon for their firefighters, families and guests to celebrate the donation of $34,000 to their fire department by Pattern Energy.
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm heard from industry officials Wednesday about what it will take to boost renewable energy development in New Mexico and across the nation as the Biden administration pushes its initiatives to reduce emissions and address climate change.
John Beaucage is an entrepreneur, corporate director and volunteer who served four consecutive terms as the elected chief of Wasauksing First Nation. In October, 2004, he was elected as grand council chief to serve the 42-member First Nations of the Anishinabek Nation, one of Canada’s oldest First Nations political organizations.
“It has been wonderful for our small library to have the support it does. Every bit helps, and our community loves its library.”
Carina Nance is the Director of the 115-year old Earl Park Library in Benton County, Indiana, and she was sharing her excitement with me about the upcoming summer reading program launching June 1st.
Lauren Haller grew up in a family with high expectations. Haller’s great-great-grandfather was an emancipated slave who became a Walker County commissioner and, in 1893, became one of the first African Americans elected to the Texas Legislature.
Pattern Energy embarked on a repowering of its Gulf Wind facility in Kenedy County, Texas last year and recently completed its work. Repowering refers to upgrading the wind turbine technology to produce more energy and extend the life of the facility.
Sam Fields is the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship to help pay for his studies at the State Technical College in Linn, Missouri. He has been accepted to a two-year program majoring in Precision Machining.
Sitting down to write this story, I was sidelined by an email from Megan Conn, Program Officer at the Community Foundation of the North State.
Several days before, I was in a virtual meeting with Megan and the CEO of the Community Foundation, Kerry Caranci. We were talking about the work the foundation does in the region, and how important it is to have support from community partners like Pattern Energy.
Nathan enjoys the community engagement that comes along with his work. When Columbus Middle School counselor Lindsey Cross reached out to ask if he’d be willing to speak at Career Day, Nathan said yes.
Pattern Energy takes its commitment to the communities where we operate facilities seriously and that includes the environment.
Leighton Ballard of White Deer elementary is doing some big things.
At the beginning of August she’ll participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum taking place this year in Berkeley, California
The Carrizo Marsh wetland is located in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in the Colorado Desert of Southern California. It is an environmental oasis and a jewel in the desert that has supported life for a long time.
I had a conversation recently with Terry Othick about Eastern New Mexico University, golf, and the future of New Mexico.
The mission of the Benton Community Foundation is to “enhance community through civic leadership, philanthropy, and charitable economic development initiatives.”
After working at Pattern Energy Group for less than eight months, Lauren Haller founded the company's first and only racial/ethnic affinity network: Blacks in Renewable Energy. She also championed and led the company's inaugural Diversity Month.
Today, we’d like to introduce you to Tom Ashby, the Assistant Facility Manager for Spring Valley Wind.
Today, we’d like to introduce you to Johnny Myers, Assistant Facility Manager for Logan’s Gap Wind!
Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 24, 2021 – Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Energy) and international energy company Uniper today announced they have signed a 15-year power purchase agreement for up to 219,000 MWh per year of wind energy in New Mexico, enough to power more than 20,000 homes annually. The power will be delivered from Pattern Energy’s 1,050 MW Western Spirit Wind project, which is currently under construction in New Mexico and represents the largest single-phase renewable power build out in U.S. history. Western Spirit Wind is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
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Renewables developer Pattern Energy Group LP has closed financing of a USD-515-million (EUR 425m) fund that will invest in wind and solar power projects in Japan.
Watch the virtual groundbreaking celebration for Western Spirit, New Mexico's largest clean-power investment and one of the largest single-phase renewable power build outs in U.S. history.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Pattern Energy held a virtual groundbreaking Wednesday for its Western Spirit Wind Development project in central New Mexico – the largest single wind complex planned to date in North America.
Renewable-energy developer Pattern Energy Group on Jan. 4 said it began construction on the first of four planned New Mexico wind farms and a 150-mile transmission line that will deliver more than 1,050 MW of clean power throughout the Southwest.
Pattern Energy Group LP reached a financial close and started construction of its 1,050-MW Western Spirit Wind Projects after signing agreements with GE Renewable Energy and GE Energy Financial Services.
The full project includes a suite of wind farms, located in Guadalupe, Lincoln and Torrance Counties, N.M., plus a 150-mile, 345-kV transmission line. Pattern Energy and the New Mexico Renewable Energy Transmission Authority are jointly building the transmission line that will be interconnected directly into PNM Resources Inc. subsidiary Public Service Co. of New Mexico's transmission system, Pattern said in a Jan. 4 press release. Pattern said it will acquire and operate the transmission line upon its completion.
We are beyond excited to announce our first ever Pattern Energy Holiday Cheer Coloring Contest on the Pattern Energy Facebook page! Here are the steps to participate below.
Jeffrey Cordova, Wind Technician at Broadview Wind in Curry County, New Mexico, has been in the wind industry for more than six years, with the last year and a half at Pattern.
Wendy Lesley, Lead Site Logistics Coordinator, wears quite a few different hats at Logan’s Gap Wind Farm in Comanche County, Texas where she handles parts management, including ordering and inventory. Wendy assists with the training of new hires, schedules maintenance, monitors productivity, and oversees fleet management for all Pattern trucks in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Zeeshan Azmat is Project Lead, Electrical Engineering, for Pattern, and works at the downtown Houston offices. The scope of his responsibilities are wide ranging, and include procurement, design, upgrades, troubleshooting, and regulatory compliance for Pattern’s entire US and Canada fleet.
James Edwards is Lead Technician at South Kent Wind Farm in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, an hour east of Detroit. James joined Pattern in March of 2019, but was involved in the wind industry for six years prior.
Craig Williams is a Revenue Manager working out of Pattern’s corporate offices in Houston, TX. He’s been with Pattern since early 2018, and spends his time wading through meter data and other production metrics connected to the accurate billing of Pattern customers, as well as the timely collection of receipts.
Phil Legroulx is facility manager for Grand Renewable Wind, an hour south of Toronto in Haldimand County, Ontario. Phil is responsible for the 149 megawatt facility along with its 67 Siemens 2.3 turbines and supporting staff. He oversees day-to-day operations, manages the turbine technicians, and communicates with landowners.
Jeff Holbrook is Facility Manager at Spring Valley Wind in Ely, Nevada. He’s been with Pattern since 2013, but he’s been in the renewable industry since 1986 and calls himself “the Methuselah of wind."
Project Manager Ginger Corprew might be Pattern’s most location-diverse employee. Originally from New Jersey, she currently works on the New Mexico Project remotely from the San Diego office via her home in Fresno.
Ryan Logan is Facility Manager at Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge in Benton County, Indiana. A normal day on site sees Ryan scheduling maintenance, reviewing reports, maintaining inventory levels, and ensuring FERC and NERC compliance.
Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Energy”) announced today it has successfully completed financing and started construction of its 105 MWdc Phoenix Solar Project located in Fannin County, Texas. ING Capital LLC provided construction and term project financing and tax equity was provided by RBC Community Investments (RBC), a subsidiary of RBC.
Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy, speaks with Bloomberg’s David Westin on Balance of Power.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – July 14, 2020 – Pattern Energy Operations LP (the “Company”) and Pattern Energy Operations Inc. (together with the Company, the “Issuers”) today announced the pricing of their offering of US$700 million aggregate principal amount of 4.500% Senior Notes due 2028 (the “Notes”) to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and to certain non-U.S. persons outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act (the “Offering”). The Notes will be guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by Pattern US Finance Company LLC. The Offering is expected to close on July 28, 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – July 13, 2020 – Pattern Energy Operations LP (the “Company”) and Pattern Energy Operations Inc. (together with the Company, the “Issuers”) announced today that they propose to offer, subject to market conditions and other factors, US$700 million aggregate principal amount of senior notes due 2028 (the “Notes”) to persons reasonably believed to be qualified institutional buyers pursuant to Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and to certain non-U.S. persons outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act (the “Offering”). The Notes will be guaranteed on a senior unsecured basis by Pattern US Finance Company LLC.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Nasdaq and TSX: PEGI) ("Pattern Energy" or the "Company") today filed an investor presentation highlighting that the Company's pending transaction with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ("CPP Investments") is the best alternative for stockholders and reiterating that the Pattern Energy Board of Directors recommends that stockholders vote "FOR" the proposals related to the transaction at the upcoming Special Meeting on March 10, 2020.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 19, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pattern Energy Group Inc. (Nasdaq and TSX: PEGI) ("Pattern Energy" or the "Company") today announced that the Company's Board of Directors (the "Board") reiterated its recommendation that stockholders vote "FOR" the proposals relating to the Company's pending transaction with Canada Pension Plan Investment Board ("CPP Investments") at the upcoming Special Meeting.
Dec. 7 event showcases the ‘ingenuity and passion’ of students in solving real-world problems with science, technology, engineering, and math.
More than 600 people will convene at Los Lunas High School this Saturday, Dec. 7, for the first-ever New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge, a competition testing students’ ability to use science, technology, engineering, and math to solve real-world problems.
Pattern Energy Group Inc.’s (Nasdaq: PEGI) development executives all touched down in Houston this week to finalize planning for the next step in an $8 billion, 3.5-gigawatt expansion of the company’s New Mexico wind energy footprint.
While its executive team and financiers are based in its San Francisco headquarters, Pattern’s core development team and control room are here in Houston, said Cary Kottler, vice president of North American development. Kottler is one of the executives based in Houston.
SAN FRANCISCO, October 2, 2019 -- Pattern Energy Group Inc. (NASDAQ and TSX: PEGI) (“Pattern Energy” or the “Company”) today released its inaugural sustainability report of the Company’s sustainable practices and environmental, social, governance (ESG) metrics in accordance with the GRI Reporting Standards: Core option.
“Climate change is the defining challenge of our time. Pattern Energy is dedicated to confronting this challenge,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. “Everything we do contributes to a larger vision of helping the world combat a changing climate by delivering renewable energy in a way that is economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable.”
In the central New Mexico piñon pine forests, home to the numerous iconic wildlife species like the gray-blue pinyon jay, Pattern Development, a wind energy company, is planning to build one of the largest wind facilities in the country – while ensuring the conservation of the unique wildlife that depend on this habitat. Our organizations, Defenders of Wildlife and Pattern, are working together to ensure that wind projects like this are built responsibly, with concern for the environment and wildlife.
In June, two of Pattern’s Employee Resource Groups, Blacks in Renewable Energy (BiRE) and Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE), hosted a fireside chat with one of Pattern’s newest board members, Mona Sutphen. BiRE President Lauren Haller and WIRE President Amber Rees led the discussion in our San Francisco office with Sutphen, whose extensive experience includes strategic advisement on financial markets, geopolitics, policy, and risk management as well as working in the White House--twice. The conversation covered the surprising developments in Sutphen’s career path that brought her to where she is, as well as her perspective on renewable energy.
The Parry Sound District is one step closer to adding more clean energy to its electric power grid.
In its latest construction update, Henvey Inlet Wind is reporting it’s nearing the end of construction with only finishing touches left at the wind farm site.
Wind already supplies about 15 percent of Texas’s electricity, and now developers are about to quadruple the state’s solar capacity, adding enough panels by 2022 to light up all of Dallas. But they won’t just power homes. Solar developers are responding to demand from oil and gas drillers, whose booming operations are gobbling up electricity and pushing prices spiking above $1,000 a megawatt-hour.
Rene Braud, Director of Environmental Policy and Compliance at Pattern Energy, was recognized Tuesday evening with the Andrew Linehan Award for Environmental Excellence at AWEA’s annual Wind Project Siting and Environmental Compliance Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The third phase of what will be the largest wind energy facility in New Mexico has been under construction since fall with plans to open in late spring or early summer.
The South Kent Wind Community Fund, a donor advised fund of the Chatham Kent Community Foundation recently approved a grant of $8,400 to support the cost of linen service for residents of Chatham-Kent Hospice.
With the expected bankruptcy of PG&E moving closer, we wanted to address how this may affect the Company.
Pattern Energy Group Inc. closed the sale of its 33.33% share in the K2 wind project in Ontario for C$216 million, or US$160 million.
The American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) marked the 10th anniversary of its founding by releasing a new documentary short video showing pioneers of the organization and leading conservation figures who are committed to sustainable wind power and investing in research to address effects of wind energy on wildlife.
Pattern Energy Group announced the acquisition of a 35-MW owned interest in the Stillwater Wind facility from Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development 2.0). Stillwater commenced commercial operations in late October and is located in Stillwater County, Montana.
Relatively speaking, the third quarter was slow-ish when it came to disclosures about big corporate power purchase agreements (PPAs) for solar and wind energy. "Just" 770 megawatts of contracts were announced, compared with about twice that from April 1 to June 30.
Danna Small, Environmental Manager, will be presenting on October 23rd at the CANWEA Pre-Conference Workshop: Wind Energy and Bat Conservation Symposium – Managing Impacts to Bats at Canadian Wind Farms.
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico, October 5, 2018, – The Public Regulation Commission (PRC) voted to approve the location control permit for Pattern Development’s Corona Wind Projects in a 4-0 vote. As a result, construction can begin on an estimated 950 wind turbines, to produce 2,200 MW of power.
The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission has opened the door for Pattern Energy to begin construction on an estimated 950 wind turbines as part of its Corona Wind Projects which will boast capacity of 2,200 megawatts (MW).
Last Wednesday, Reed Point Superintendent Heather Jarrett received a huge check, both literally and figuratively, for the improvement of school facilities.
Wind energy pricing remains attractive, according to an annual report released by the U.S. Department of Energy and prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). At an average of around 2 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh), prices offered by newly built wind projects in the United States are being driven lower by technology advancements and cost reductions.
Replacing fossil fuels with wind and solar energy, research shows, can reduce risks of asthma, hospitalizations and heart attacks. In turn, that can save lives.
Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) outlines his new “Clean Energy Vision” in a special episode of Political Climate.
One development of interest to the business community is located at Fort Benning in Georgia. This summer, the post launched a new training course that qualifies graduates for entry-level positions in the wind power industry and related fields.
Baker McKenzie‘s new report, The Rise of Corporate PPAs 2.0, summarizes the growing trend of corporates entering into renewable power purchase agreements following the release of its initial report in 2015.
Pattern Energy Group Inc. on Aug. 9 reported adjusted EBITDA of $108.4 million in the second quarter, up from $91.9 million in the prior-year period.
More than 714,000 Midwesterners now work in clean energy industries across the Midwest according to a new analysis of energy jobs data from Clean Energy Trust (CET) and the national, nonpartisan business group E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs).
Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development) has signed 15-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with California’s Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) and Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) to deliver wind power from the 200 MW Duran Mesa Wind project, which is currently under development near Corona, N.M.
Homes and businesses in Texas last week experienced record high electricity use, but the grid held up without any major problems, a testament to good grid management and the increasing use of wind power.
2.1 million farms cover our country’s rural landscapes, and 99 percent of them are family-owned and operated. And now, a growing number of them host wind turbines. Increasingly, the extra income from wind projects helps keep these farms in the family and the family on the farm, even in uncertain times.
Today, national business group Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) and its state partner, Clean Energy Project (CEP), released a fact sheet showing that Nevada has more than 25,000 people working in advanced energy across the state.
Today, the U.S. produces nearly six times as much renewable electricity from the sun and the wind as it did in 2008, and nine states now get more than 20 percent of their electricity from renewables.
The cost of wind-generated power declined by one-third between 2010 and 2016, thanks to improving technology, better manufacturing capability and concentrating projects in regions with lower installation costs, the Energy Department reported.
The "phenomenally abundant" mix of wind, solar and other renewables makes the U.S. one of the most likely places in the world for more investment, according to Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).
“On behalf of Mayor Don McPherson, Council and the citizens of the District of Tumbler Ridge we extend to Pattern Energy and its employees a most heartfelt thank you. Your selfless efforts make Tumbler Ridge a better place for all. Your contribution to community is amazing”, stated Councillor Will Howe.
Montana could play a significant role in meeting the demand for renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest, according to a new study from the Bonneville Power Administration and the state of Montana.
We have learned from research that reducing annual electricity consumption by 15 percent across the United States has the ability to prevent 30,000 asthma attacks, can save as many as six lives a day and would create more than $20 billion in energy cost savings.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has commissioned a new study that examines the role of high-voltage direct current (HVDC) lines in integrating renewable energy resources into the electric grid.
Plans are in the works for the construction of a photovoltaic solar power facility with battery storage and an associated generation line. The facility will be built on BHP’s reclaimed mine site (tailings) east of San Manuel.
Pattern Energy’s Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind Project has been selected as a finalist for CanWEA’s Wind Energy Project Award.
A newly introduced bipartisan bill aims to help U.S. veterans gain training and credentials to secure jobs in the fast-growing sectors of the low- and zero-carbon-emissions energy industry.
Wind and solar are set to surge to almost “50 by 50” – 50% of world generation by 2050 – on the back of precipitous reductions in cost, and the advent of cheaper and cheaper batteries that will enable electricity to be stored and discharged to meet shifts in demand and supply.
Michael Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy, joins BNN Bloomberg's Catherine Murray for a look at the future of renewable power in Ontario, meeting the Pope on clean energy solutions and shares his concerns with rising rates and how he's navigating it.
In the quest to track down every oil giant and investor that attended a recent climate change meeting with Pope Francis, two completely non-oil-related attendees appear to have been overlooked: a couple of renewable energy companies.
Texas has more capacity to generate electricity from wind than any other state. In fact, Texas’ capacity of 22,799 megawatts is triple that of second-place Oklahoma and is larger than most countries around the world. The Lone Star State also tops the list for capacity currently under development.
Superintendent Ronald Hendrix told The Chieftain that Pattern Energy, the anchor tenant for the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, donated $25,000 to the district for coding classes.
Officials with Pattern Development, a company pursuing projects in northern Lincoln County, announced last week Pattern is acquiring two pending wind energy assets in New Mexico from Clean Line Energy Partners.
Pattern Energy Group 2 LP (Pattern Development) announced today the acquisition of two development assets in New Mexico from Clean Line Energy Partners, the Western Spirit Transmission Line (Western Spirit) and the Mesa Canyons Wind Farm (Mesa Canyons). The addition of Mesa Canyons will bring Pattern Development’s wind development footprint in the Estancia Valley of New Mexico to more than 3,000 MW.
Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland is featured on the podcast “Investing with the Buyside,” hosted by Nate Abercrombie. They discuss Mike’s history in the wind industry, the process of developing and financing wind projects, the growth of Pattern Energy, and Mike’s view on the future outlook of the company and industry.
Interview with Wind Workers of the Month Chelsea Abner, Assistant facility manager at Broadview Wind Facility.
Pattern has become the top operator of wind capacity in Canada after switch-on at the 147MW Mont Sainte-Marguerite project in Quebec
Pattern Energy Group Inc. announced the completion of its 33-MW Ohorayama Wind-power facility, which is located in Japan’s Kochi Prefecture.
“Ohorayama Wind is our first wind project in Japan to complete construction and it was on schedule and under budget,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy.”
Michael Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy, joins BNN's Catherine Murray for a look at what's taking shape in the renewable energy space as it makes a major move into Japan and what drove Q4 earnings. He also discusses how Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs could impact the purchase of future towers.
"Pattern Energy's Meikle Wind facility is an outstanding example of how to bring together zero-carbon energy generation, local economic development and sustainable business. We are honored to have this project in British Columbia and we look forward to many more," said Jae Mather, Executive Director of Clean Energy BC.
On December 8, 2017, Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge in Benton County, Indiana received a Top Plant Award in the renewables category from POWER magazine. All of the electricity generated by Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge supplies the electric grids that service Amazon Web Services (AWS) datacenters.
With legislators in Washington, D.C. having passed the tax bill, I wanted to take a moment to outline its impact on Pattern Energy and on renewables in general.
We now know the final form of the bill and believe it provides the opportunity for continued expansion of the renewable power sector. Utility-scale wind and solar power generation are now recognized as the lowest cost forms of new power generation in the United States*. We do not see that changing as a result of the tax bill. There are three primary categories of how the tax bill could affect our business and renewables in general:
1. Corporate taxes;
2. Tax credits for renewables, and
3. Tax equity investor market
Announced it is joining with other American wind energy companies as a keystone partner of Habitat Hammers Back, the Hurricane Harvey repair and rebuilding initiative led by Habitat for Humanity. The companies are donating $1 million in aggregate to support repairs and rebuilding efforts in areas impacted by the storms.