EEI honors FirstEnergy for utility’s performance after ‘Snowmageddon’

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2011 — The Edison Electric Institute awarded FirstEnergy Corp. with the association’s Emergency Assistance Award for helping to restore electric service to a neighboring utility in Pennsylvania following a massive winter storm that produced heavy, wet snow and damaging winds last year.

This marks the fifth straight year — and sixth out of the last seven — that FirstEnergy has been recognized by EEI for providing emergency assistance to other utilities.

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.

“We are pleased to be recognized for the fifth consecutive year for our storm restoration efforts,” said Anthony J. Alexander, president and chief executive officer, FirstEnergy Corp. “Our talented and dedicated utility personnel have a tradition of helping customers outside our service territory when they need it the most.”

In February 2010, FirstEnergy sent 278 employees to assist Allegheny Energy after heavy snow and 55 mph winds caused almost 300,000 customers to lose power in western Pennsylvania. FirstEnergy crews dealt with treacherous road conditions, single-digit temperatures and snow piled up to three–feet high throughout the 10-day restoration process.

“It is truly a remarkable achievement for FirstEnergy to be honored for its emergency assistance efforts for five consecutive years,” said EEI President Thomas R. Kuhn. “By showing a willingness to help out no matter how bad the weather conditions, FirstEnergy is a great example of how all of our electric power companies come to the aid of their competitors.”

FirstEnergy’s generating fleet features non-emitting nuclear, scrubbed base-load coal, natural gas, and pumped-storage hydro and other renewables, and the utility has a total generating capacity of about 24,000 MW.

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