Alabama Power Earns EEI’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for Restoration Efforts After Thunderstorms in 2015

This news release is published on behalf of EEI Edison Electric Institute.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (Jan. 6) – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today presented Alabama Power with the association’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for its outstanding power restoration efforts after a severe summer storm hit Alabama in July 2015.

The award is presented twice a year to EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary efforts to restore power to customers after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions or other natural events. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following a nomination process, and the awards were presented during EEI’s January CEO and Board of Directors meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

On July 14, a line of thunderstorms consisting of strong winds and severe lightning moved through Alabama. This violent weather caused 115,000 peak outages across the state. Alabama Power crews worked safely and quickly to restore service to its customers in the face of challenging conditions. Crews restored power to more than 100,000 customers within 24 hours of the storm.

“The hardworking crews from Alabama Power are truly deserving of this recognition for their tremendous work to restore service in the face of difficult conditions,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Alabama Power’s efforts to swiftly and safely restore service are representative of our industry’s unwavering commitment to customer service.”


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.