Washington, D.C., March 2, 2010 – The Edison Electric Institute awarded FirstEnergy Corp. with the association’s “Emergency Assistance Award” for restoring electric service to two neighboring utilities’ service areas following a devastating ice storm last year.
The award is presented annually to U.S. and foreign-based member companies to recognize outstanding efforts in restoring electric service that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events.
A panel of judges following an international nomination process chose the winners, and awards were presented today during EEI’s Spring CEO meetings.
On Jan. 28, 2009, FirstEnergy sent 215 company employees to assist two electric utilities in Ohio and Kentucky after a severe snow and ice storm greatly damaged their electric systems. The FirstEnergy crews worked 16-hour days in cold and dangerous conditions, staying on until service was fully restored Feb. 9.
“We are pleased to be recognized once again for our storm restoration efforts. This award is a direct result of our talented and dedicated crews who stepped up to help people outside our service area at a time when they needed it the most,” said Anthony J. Alexander, president and chief executive officer, FirstEnergy Corp.
“FirstEnergy put forth an impressive effort to mobilize a robust crew to assist two utilities following such a destructive storm,” said EEI President Thomas R. Kuhn. “The company worked until every last customer had their electricity, and that’s characteristic of how all of our electric power companies come to the aid of their competitors.”
FirstEnergy Corp. is an energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio. Its subsidiaries and affiliates are involved in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity, as well as energy management and other energy-related services. Its seven electric utility operating companies comprise the nation’s fifth largest investor-owned electric system, based on 4.5 million customers served within a 36,100-square-mile area of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and its generation subsidiaries control more than 14,000 MW of capacity.