The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has honored Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) with two awards for storm restoration efforts during two major storms in 2012, including aid provided on the East Coast following Hurricane Sandy.
DP&L received an Emergency Recovery Award for local storm restoration efforts after the June super derecho brought more than 80 mph winds through the Miami Valley last year.
DP&L was also recognized as part of an Emergency Assistance Award given to its parent company, The AES Corporation, for helping East Coast utilities recover from Hurricane Sandy in October.
EEI is the national association of shareholder-owned electric companies, representing 70% of the U.S. power industry. The Emergency Response Awards recognize member companies that put forth outstanding efforts to restore service or to assist another company following a natural disaster.
EEI noted that DP&L made an “outstanding recovery” following the derecho and, despite the extensive damage caused by the storm, DP&L managed to restore all of its customers ahead of the projected timeframe.
EEI also mentioned the “tremendous support in the recovery from Hurricane Sandy” when DP&L sent more than 200 crews to repair substations flooded with four feet of water and to aid several utilities as they restored downed wires in wind-damaged communities. The crews worked 16-hour days in poor weather and adverse conditions to help restore power to customers for those utilities. “These are significant and noteworthy accomplishments,” wrote EEI, which recognized DP&L alongside sister utility Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL).
“These awards honor DP&L employees for pulling together to make significant accomplishments in very dangerous and adverse situations,” DPL President and CEO Phil Herrington said. “It was a job well done.”
Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie officially echoed those sentiments saying, “I want to thank the 17,000 out-of-state utility workers who came to New Jersey from all over America and joined with 10,000 of our own to get power restored as quickly as possible – so that within nine days of this horrific storm, electric power had been restored to 90% of customers.”