Entergy Earns EEI 2014 Emergency Recovery Award
BEAUMONT, March 18, 2015 - Entergy today received the Edison Electric Institute’s Emergency Recovery Award to recognize the company’s exceptional power restoration efforts during five different storm events over the course of the past year.
This is the 17th consecutive year EEI has awarded Entergy with a national storm restoration award. Including this year’s honor, Entergy has received 22 awards from EEI for its restoration and mutual-assistance work.
“Our streak is alive,” said Greg Grillo, system storm incident commander for Entergy. “We remain the only company to have won either the Recovery or the Assistance Award, or both, in every year since the awards began in 1998.
“This year’s award demonstrates that the talents and restoration abilities of our employees continue to earn national recognition, and the appreciation of our customers whose power we restore following storms,” said Grillo.
Entergy earned the Emergency Recovery Award for its efforts to restore power to customers last year following storms that stretched from February through mid-October. Rather than experiencing a major storm, the company maintained a heavy cycle of storm preparation, response and recovery to storm events due to “much colder temperatures” in Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Each storm caused more than 71,000 customer outages, with the storm of last October causing more than 88,000.
The award is presented annually to EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary efforts to restore power to customers after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions or natural events. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process, and the awards were presented during EEI’s Spring CEO and Board of Directors meeting in Washington, D.C.
“Entergy’s exemplary efforts to restore service demonstrate the industry’s commitment to serving its customers,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “We commend the crews who braved dangerous conditions caused by the extreme weather, as they diligently worked to safely and quickly restore service.”