PALM BEACH, FL — The Edison Electric Institute Jan. 11 presented its “Emergency Recovery Award” to Georgia Power for its efforts after Hurricane Matthew hit Georgia in October.
The award is presented twice annually to EEI member companies to recognize efforts to restore power after service disruptions from natural disasters. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process, and the awards were presented during the winter EEI Board of Directors and CEO Meeting.
Matthew was the first major hurricane to affect the entire coast of Georgia since Hurricane David in 1979, and one of the strongest and most destructive storms to strike the coast in more than a century. More than 5,000 personnel from Georgia Power and assisting utilities were mobilized to restore power to 340,000 customers impacted by the storm.
“The tireless work by Georgia Power’s crews to restore service following a historic hurricane exemplifies our industry’s commitment to customer service and safety,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “The courageous and dedicated Georgia Power crews who faced dangerous conditions in the wake of Hurricane Matthew are greatly deserving of this terrific recognition.”