ALBANY – The Edison Electric Institute has awarded National Grid with the EEI Emergency Assistance Award for the company’s outstanding power restoration efforts after severe weather impacted Upstate New York last May.
EEI presents the Emergency Assistance Award to select electric companies each year to recognize their efforts in power restoration after service interruptions caused by severe weather conditions or other natural events.
This is National Grid’s 20th EEI emergency response award.
Ken Daly, the COO of National Grid’s Electric division, said their fast response to emergency situations is a “hallmark” for the company.
“We take great pride in serving our customers in New York and New England following these types of devastating weather events ….the men and women of National Grid’s Upstate New York team are honored to receive this recognition for their tireless restoration efforts.”
Back in May 2018, a severe weather outbreak occurred in the Catskills, and mid-Hudson Valley regions with the National Weather Service confirming multiple Macrobursts along with five confirmed tornado tracks.
National Grid quickly offered assistance and support to Central Hudson Gas and Electric (CenHud), New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG), Consolidated Edison (ConEd) and Eversource, by sending 334 company and contract employees equipped with more than 180 utility vehicles to the damaged areas.
“The dedicated crews from National Grid are truly deserving of this recognition for their tremendous efforts to restore service and to assist neighboring electric companies in times of need,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn.
“National Grid’s restoration efforts and its assistance during these storms illustrate our industry’s unwavering commitment to serving our customers and to providing mutual assistance.”