I work for a company that does electrical power generation and we have roughly 28 power plants in the north east. Not only did we ship an enormous load of "spares" up today, we signed on with rignet for emergency services and I worked out the vpn tunnel configs for worst case scenarios in the event of verizon and at&t failures.
Even tho I live in Texas, my weekend is absolutely shot as I will be spending it in support of getting electric plants back online after the storm.
Sounds like you're involved with load dispatch. Not sure what you mean by "spares."
From my experience, after the storm has passed, generation capacity is not the problem. Power plants usually weather the storm well. It is transmission, and paticularly distribution infrastructure that suffer the most damage. The plants can generate all the power needed, there is just nowhere to send it.
One of the most inspiring and "make me proud to be American" things, is how power companies across the nation send line crews to areas affected by storms to assist in repairing the transmission and distribution system damage. It is truly American exceptionalism at it's finest.
I am also proud that Orlando Utilities Commision line crews have the reputation of being some of the best trained and hardest working storm repair crews in the nation.
I am praying that Irene takes a hard hook to the right and spins off harnlessly into the north Atlantic!