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Posted on January 10, 2013

Electric Industry Honors PG&E for its Hurricane Sandy Restoration Efforts

Tom Kuhn, president of the Edison Electric Institute, left, thanks PG&E leaders Tony Earley and Chris Johns for PG&E’s work in helping restore power to customers impacted by Hurricane Sandy in New York in late 2012.

PHOENIX – The electric power industry has thanked PG&E and other utilities who came to the aid of millions of customers who lost power after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast in late October.

At its annual Winter CEO Meeting today (Jan. 10), the Edison Electric Institute presented PG&E with its 2012 Emergency Assistance Award for its efforts to help other electric utilities restore power lost in the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

In the days following Hurricane Sandy, PG&E sent more than 250 employees and 100 pieces of equipment to assist Con Edison and the Long Island Power Authority with restoration efforts in New York. Over two weeks, PG&E employees worked 16-hour days helping to restore power to thousands of customers in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Long Island. (Click here to read about PG&E’s efforts as reported on Currents.)

“The electric utility industry, through EEI, has a long tradition of providing essential assistance to impacted utilities following natural disasters,” said Tony Earley, chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corporation. “I’m proud of the incredible effort that PG&E employees put in to restoring power to thousands of New Yorkers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  This award is a tribute to the men and women of PG&E.”

Earley was joined by PG&E President Chris Johns in accepting the award.

L.B. Williams, a PG&E electric troubleman based in Bakersfield, worked alongside a Con Edison employee to energize eight customers in Queens in November. (Currents Archive Photo.)

The electric power industry’s Emergency Assistance Award has been presented each year to EEI member electric utility companies since 1998. The award recognizes extraordinary efforts undertaken in restoring electric service to another utility company that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. PG&E was chosen following an international nomination process. The EEI also honored other utilities who responded with assistance.

“PG&E’s restoration assistance following Hurricane Sandy was truly remarkable,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Getting the lights back on quickly and safely following a major storm is never easy. Working through the industry’s mutual assistance program, PG&E’s crews were essential in helping their fellow utility companies restore service in affected neighborhoods. Importantly, PG&E’s assistance also shows their compassion in helping others in their time of need. I congratulate them.”



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