El Paso Electric Receives National Award for Emergency Assistance

January 10, 2013

Sandy crew

The Edison Electric Institute today honored El Paso Electric with its 2012 Emergency Assistance Award for helping in the restoration of power to the New York area in the wake Superstorm Sandy.   El Paso Electric sent 29 employees and equipment to New York last November to assist Consolidated Edison restore power to its customers.

“El Paso Electric crews worked long hours under very difficult conditions to restore power to thousands of people after Superstorm Sandy,” said Tom Shockley, El Paso Electric Chief Executive Officer.  “We’re very proud of their efforts and their commitment to helping those in need.”

pulling wire

The Edison Electric Institute is a national association of shareholder-owned electric companies.  Its members represent about 70 percent of the U.S. power industry.  EEI’s Emergency Assistance Award recognizes extraordinary efforts undertaken in restoring electric service to another utility company that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events.  El Paso Electric was chosen by following an international nomination process, and the award was presented during EEI’s Winter CEO meeting.

“El Paso Electric’s restoration assistance following Superstorm Sandy was truly remarkable,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn.  “Getting the lights back on quickly and safely following a major storm is never easy.  Working through the industry’s mutual assistance program, El Paso Electric crews were essential in helping their fellow utility companies restore service in affected neighborhoods. Importantly, El Paso Electric’s assistance also shows their compassion in helping others in their time of need.  I congratulate them.”