NEW ORLEANS, JAN 17, 2019 -- Entergy Corporation has received its 30th Emergency Response Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its exceptional assistance in restoring power to citizens following Hurricane Florence in September 2018.
EEI has awarded Entergy with a national storm-response award for 21 consecutive years in recognition of the company's recovery and mutual-assistance work.
"We were able to give back to other utilities after they experienced storm conditions like those we received from Hurricane Harvey in 2017," said Mike Vaughan, Entergy's system storm incident commander. "We remain ready to safely and quickly restore power to our customers and others, regardless of which type of storm causes damage."
Hurricane Florence was a powerful and long-lived storm that affected the Carolinas. Entergy earned the EEI Emergency Assistance Award for sending 176 company line workers, plus 143 contractors, to help restore electricity for customers of Duke Energy Carolinas and South Carolina Electric & Gas.
"When disasters strike, neighboring electric companies respond quickly to assist with recovery and restoration efforts," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "Our mutual assistance network is a hallmark of the electric power industry. Entergy's extraordinary efforts – amidst hazardous conditions – helped restore service for customers in the Carolinas impacted by Hurricane Florence quickly and safely."
The Emergency Assistance Award is presented to EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary response assisting other electric companies in power restoration efforts after service has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process. The awards were presented during EEI's Winter Board and Chief Executives Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for about 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 65 international electric companies, with operations in more than 90 countries, as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.
Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including nearly 9,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of approximately $11 billion and more than 13,000 employees.