Atlanta, October 31, 2012 – Utilities from across the U.S. are working together in Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath in the power restoration process. Southern Co. is assisting in the utilities’ collaborative storm response efforts through its involvement in the Southeastern Electric Exchange – a non-profit trade association that coordinates mutual assistance across utilities in response to severe storms.
The nearly 2,000 dedicated resources Southern Co. has committed through its subsidiaries to assist customers affected by Hurricane Sandy have been deployed to support PEPCO Holdings (PHI), BG&E, PPL, PECO, Dominion, First Energy, AEP East, and ConEd in their restoration efforts.
Southern Co.’s resource deployment includes a combination of distribution and transmission linemen, tree crews, damage assessors, network crews and support staff from subsidiaries Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power and Mississippi Power. Many of the involved employees began traveling to the affected areas a day or more before Hurricane Sandy made landfall.
The SEE is a non-profit, non-political trade association comprised of 53 utility operating companies serving 22 states from New Mexico to New England, including several utilities directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. When a major storm approaches, the SEE’s Mutual Assistance Committee facilitates the equitable allocation of restoration resources to impacted companies.
Associations similar to the SEE coordinate utility resources in other parts of the country. Through the intense and strategic collaboration provided by the SEE and the other regional mutual assistance organizations, utilities are able to streamline storm response efforts — with improved efficiency benefiting affected customers.
When evaluating off-system storm restoration efforts, Southern Co.’s subsidiaries ensure the availability of adequate resources to serve their customers’ energy needs with clean, safe, reliable and affordable power.
When major storms, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Ivan in 2004, have impacted Southern Co.’s service territory, mutual assistance has been instrumental in safely and efficiently restoring power to customers. Through its involvement in the SEE, Southern Co. is poised to reciprocate by providing assistance to utilities affected by Hurricane Sandy to continue to serve their customers’ energy needs.