BOSTON — The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today presented Eversource with the EEI “Emergency Recovery Award” for its outstanding power restoration efforts after three consecutive nor’easters, Winter Storm Riley, Winter Storm Quinn, and Winter Storm Skylar hit Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire in March of this year.
The Emergency Recovery Award is given to select EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary efforts to restore power to customers after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions or other natural events. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process. Eversource received the award during EEI’s Annual Convention in San Diego.
In March, back-to-back nor’easters produced hurricane level winds and record snowfalls, affecting Eversource’s service territory across Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. The storms caused service outages for 1,750,000 customers. Due to Eversource’s tireless preparation and work, crews swiftly replaced distribution lines, poles, and transformers to restore power to customers as quickly as possible.
“The work of Eversource’s crews to restore service following Winter Storm Riley, Winter Storm Quinn, and Winter Storm Skylar illustrates our industry’s dedication to serving our customers,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Eversource crews worked in dangerous and difficult conditions to restore power to customers safely and as quickly as possible, and are truly deserving of this award.”
“This national honor truly belongs to our employees, who were the driving force behind our successful restoration after back-to-back storms,” said Eversource Chairman, President and CEO Jim Judge. “It was a demanding task for crews, considering they worked day-after-day for weeks, addressing extensive damage to restore power for our customers through three consecutive storms. The tremendous hard work of our employees – in the field and behind the scenes – demonstrated their commitment to being there for our customers and communities when they need us.”
To see photos of the damage and massive restoration effort of the March nor’easters, visit flickr.
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million jobs in communities across the United States. In addition to our U.S. members, EEI has more than 60 international electric companies as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.