SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has presented Dominion Energy with the association's "Emergency Assistance Award" for its outstanding work assisting customers impacted by Hurricane Irma. In September 2017, Dominion Energy mobilized and sent more than 750 employees and contractors to Florida in support of a massive effort to restore power to more than seven million homes and businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma.
"It is an honor to receive this award on behalf of the men and women who put their own lives on hold to restore life to normal for customers in Florida," said Ed Baine, senior vice president, power delivery, Dominion Energy. "I am proud of their efforts and humbled by this award."
The award is given to EEI member companies to recognize an outstanding response in assisting other electric companies in power restoration efforts after severe weather or other natural events. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process, and the awards were presented during EEI's January 10 Winter Board and CEO Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.
"When disaster impacts a region, electric companies from across the nation are called on to assist impacted companies in need – mutual assistance is a hallmark of our industry," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "When Hurricane Irma struck Florida, Dominion Energy answered the call to help. Dominion Energy's assistance to restore service to impacted customers is a terrific example of mutual assistance in action."
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million jobs in communities across the United States. In addition to our U.S. members, EEI has more than 60 international electric companies as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.
About Dominion Energy:
Dominion Energy (NYSE:D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 25,700 megawatts of generation, 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,600 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion Energy operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 1 trillion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than 6 million utility and retail energy customers. For more information, visit the company's website at www.dominionenergy.com
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Media Contacts: Dominion Energy: Janell Hancock, 804-771-6115, Janell.Hancock@dominionenergy.com; EEI: Jeff Ostermeyer, 202-508-5683, JOstermeyer@eei.org