TUCSON, AZ - The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today presented Eversource Energy with the association’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for its outstanding power restoration efforts after tornadoes hit Cape Cod, Massachusetts last July.
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 Energy received the award during EEI’s Winter Board and Chief Executives Meeting in Tucson, Arizona.
“Eversource Energy’s work to restore service safely and quickly to customers, often in dangerous conditions, makes them deserving of this award,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Their efforts exemplify the high standards our industry seeks to uphold, and I applaud their commitment to their customers.”
In July, a heavy thunderstorm system over Cape Cod produced three tornadoes and a microburst resulting in more than 105,000 outages across eight Cape Cod communities. Due to their tireless work, Eversource crews restored service to 100 percent of the company’s customers within four days after the storm, dedicating 17,000 man-hours to the recovery.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our commitment to our customers on Cape Cod who experienced a catastrophic, fast-moving storm at the height of the summer tourism season, causing widespread devastation to homes, businesses and the electric system,” said Eversource Chairman, President and CEO Jim Judge. “I’m so proud of the thousands of hard-working men and women who responded immediately and worked tirelessly on behalf of our customers, and I’d like to congratulate and thank our dedicated employees for achieving this international award.”