1/11/2018
Appalachian Power earns "Emergency Assistance Award" for efforts to restore service after Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma
Appalachian Power employees at work in Gainesville, Ga. during Hurricane Irma restoration efforts.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (Jan. 11, 2018) — The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has presented Appalachian Power with the association’s “Emergency Assistance Award” for its outstanding work assisting customers impacted by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

The award is presented to EEI member companies to recognize an outstanding response in assisting other electric companies 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 during EEI’s Winter Board and CEO Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, this week.

Other American Electric Power (AEP) operating companies, including Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Southwestern Electric Power Company, AEP Ohio and Public Service Company of Oklahoma, were also awarded.

For Hurricane Harvey, Appalachian Power sent more than 50 workers to aid sister utility AEP Texas. During Hurricane Irma, more than 120 employees were sent to Georgia and more than 260 employees and contract workers to Florida to help with recovery efforts.

“Electric utilities have a long history of helping one another restore power following major storms and we’ve been supported a lot in times of need,” said Phil Wright, Appalachian Power vice president of distribution operations. “We’re proud of the hard work our employees showed in assisting these regions.”

“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 Hurricanes Harvey and Irma struck, Appalachian Power answered both calls to help. Appalachian Power’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.

Appalachian Power has 1 million customers in Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee (as AEP Appalachian Power). It is a unit of American Electric Power, one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity and custom energy solutions to nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states. AEP owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a more than 40,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP also operates 224,000 miles of distribution lines. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning approximately 26,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP supplies 3,200 megawatts of renewable energy to customers.

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West Virginia
Phil Moye
(304) 348-4188
pamoye@aep.com

Virginia
Teresa Hamilton Hall
(540) 985-2497
tahall@aep.com

Appalachian Power employees at work in Gainesville, Ga. during Hurricane Irma restoration efforts.

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