For the 12th consecutive year, FirstEnergy Corp. has earned recognition for its emergency response efforts from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), a leading electric industry organisation.
FirstEnergy was honoured with the ‘Emergency Assistance Award’ as a result of sending more than 600 line workers and support personnel to assist Florida Power and Light, Duke Energy Florida, Tampa Electric Company and South Carolina Electric and Gas after Hurricane Irma caused wide-spread damage and large-scale power outages in Florida and South Carolina. Over a 15-day period in early September last year, FirstEnergy personnel were part of an effort that ultimately helped restore electric service to more than 4 million customers.
FirstEnergy also earned the ‘Emergency Recovery Award’ for restoration efforts on behalf of its own customers following confirmed tornadoes and severe thunderstorms that caused nearly 350,000 FirstEnergy customers in Pennsylvania and Ohio to lose power in early May of last year. Overall, more than 480 utility poles and 280 transformers were replaced, along with approximately 52 miles of wire. FirstEnergy crews were able to restore about 95% of the affected customers within four days.