Alabama Power Earns EEI’s ‘Emergency Assistance Award’ Following Winter Storms in 2014

This news release is from EEI.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today presented Alabama Power with the association’s “Emergency Assistance Award” for its extraordinary work assisting in power restoration efforts after severe winter storms hit Pennsylvania and Georgia in February 2014.

The award is presented annually to EEI member companies to recognize an outstanding response in assisting a neighboring or nearby utility company in power restoration efforts after service has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process, and the awards were presented March 18 during EEI’s Spring CEO and Board of Directors meeting.

On Feb. 5, 2014, a severe winter storm with large amounts of snow and ice accumulation hit the Northeast. Service for about 715,000 customers was impacted in southeastern Pennsylvania. Alabama Power provided 134 line workers, 38 bucket trucks, 14 service lifts and 11 derrick trucks to assist Pennsylvania Power & Light and Philadelphia Electric Co., with restoration efforts in icy and dangerous conditions.

On Feb. 12, 2014, a major winter storm with heavy snow and ice hit Georgia Power’s service territory, causing extensive damages and leaving more than 701,000 customers without power. Alabama Power sent more than 700 employees and 180 trucks to multiple areas in Georgia to assist Georgia Power with its restoration efforts. Alabama Power crews traveled through hazardous conditions to assist Georgia Power for five days, greatly reducing the service restoration period.

“Alabama Power’s exemplary efforts to assist a neighboring utility illustrate the strength of the industry’s mutual assistance network and its dedication to serving customers,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “We commend the crews who endured dangerous and icy conditions, as they diligently worked to safely and quickly restore service.”

“It is a great honor for our company and employees to receive such a prestigious award,” said Alabama Power Distribution Vice President Danny Glover.


EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ more than 500,000 workers. EEI has 70 international electric companies as Affiliate Members, and 270 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members