Duke Energy Co., Duke Energy Florida’s parent company, is sending nearly 80 line workers to compete in the International Lineman’s Rodeo this week. Held in Kansas, the event tests competitors on skills they use on the job, such as equipment repair and climbing poles. About 15 workers from Florida will compete; four competitors and two coaches are from Tampa Bay.
“Duke Energy rodeo competitors participate in additional training to compete against the best in the world," said Harry Sideris, senior vice president of customer experience and services. "The competitions help our linemen refine their skills to serve our customers even more safely and efficiently.”
Duke Energy’s current competitors won regional competitions this year and last year. Though it has participated in previous years, Tampa Electric Co. will not compete this year. The event will be held Oct. 19.