Receives Assistance Award for Winter Storm Restoration
New Orleans, La. – Entergy
Corporation (NYSE: ETR) was recognized by the Edison Electric Institute for the
13th consecutive year with its national storm restoration award on Wednesday.
This award recognizes Entergy’s work in restoring power following a wide-ranging
snowstorm that struck the southeastern region of the country in December 2009.
Entergy received an EEI Emergency
Assistance Award for helping restore service to customers of American Electric
Power Co., Inc., in Kentucky and West Virginia. AEP requested restoration
assistance after some 395,000 customers lost electric service during the peak of
Entergy sent 200 restoration workers
to help in the recovery of electric service.
Entergy Arkansas, Inc. assisted
Kentucky Power and a team from Entergy Mississippi, Inc. assisted AEP
Edison Electric Institute is a
national utility trade organization. Entergy is the only company to be honored
every year since the EEI Emergency Response Awards were first presented in early
1999. Entergy has won five awards for its efforts restoring power to its own
customers and 10 awards for helping other utilities repair their systems.
“We are honored to receive this award
from EEI recognizing our employees’ efforts to help AEP restore service to its
customers,” said Greg Grillo, Entergy’s storm incident commander and director of
transmission project management and construction. “We are also extremely pleased
that our employees worked safely for more than 29,000 man-hours in cold and icy
EEI President Tom Kuhn said,
“Entergy’s repeated assistance efforts highlight this industry’s dedication to
serving customers – even when they are not your own. The utility was swift in
its response and greatly enhanced AEP’s own restoration effort.”
The Emergency Assistance Award is
presented annually by EEI to U.S. and foreign-based member companies to
recognize outstanding efforts in restoring electric service to a neighboring or
nearby utility company that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or
other natural events. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an
international nomination process, and the awards were presented during EEI’s
Spring CEO meeting.
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, and it is the
second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers
electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi
and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and
approximately 15,000 employees.