Crews from Westar Energy are helping restore the power in Wilkes Barre, Penn., after Hurricane Sandy left damage and widespread power outages in its wake.
Westar Spokesman Nick Bundy says helping out now could later benefit customers in Kansas.
"Once their done assisting this utility company, which it sounds like they didn't get the brunt of it, I imagine they will go on to assist another utility company," he says.
Bundy says thousands of customers in northern Pennsylvania are in the dark. He says power companies from across the country are helping to get the lights and the heat back on in the East Coast region.