WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has honored Georgia Power with both of the association's longstanding Emergency Response Awards – the Recovery Award and the Assistance Award.
The 2012 Emergency Recovery Award recognizes the company's efforts to restore power to its customers following fierce summer storms in Georgia. The 2012 Emergency Assistance Award honors efforts to help other electric utilities following the summer derecho, Hurricane Isaac in August and "Superstorm Sandy" in the fall.
"Georgia Power was faced with a major restoration effort following last summer's extended period of severe weather," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "It takes strong commitment, advanced planning and great execution. Georgia Power responded with all three. They're a great example for the nation's electric power industry. I congratulate them.""This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our employees who serve our customers and deliver exceptional service 24/7, in good conditions and bad," said Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers. "Our first priority is our customers and when severe weather hits we are committed to restoring power as quickly and safely as possible." The summer storms were unique in that Georgia Power had to maintain an extended response on several fronts. Shortly after 173 employees deployed to help mutual assistance partners following the June derecho in the Midwest and Northeast, severe thunderstorms and an intense heat wave began in Georgia. The company responded to two weeks of back-to-back storms along with the heat wave. Storm teams replaced more than 1,100 transformers during the period to restore power for customers. The Assistance Award has been presented each year to EEI member electric utility companies since 1998. It recognizes extraordinary efforts undertaken in restoring electric service to another utility company disrupted by severe weather or other natural events.