WASHINGTON, March 11, 2009 –- The Edison Electric Institute today honored KCP&L with the association's “Emergency Assistance Award” for its outstanding achievements in helping eight different utility companies restore electric service in 2008.
The award is presented annually to U.S. and foreign-based member companies to recognize outstanding efforts in restoring electric service that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or natural events. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process, and awards were presented recently during EEI's Spring CEO meetings.
During 2008, KCP&L employees worked nearly 105,000 hours with a crew of 829 company workers and contractors to assist utilities across eight states. They assisted fellow utility companies after a variety of devastating storms, including an ice storm, a wind storm, and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The company sent its largest team to assist CenterPoint Energy in Texas following Hurricane Ike. More than two million CenterPoint customers lost their electric service, and KCP&L worked around the clock to help repair the damage and restore power to CenterPoint's customers.
“KCP&L responded many times to fellow companies this past year, and they worked tirelessly to restore power,” said EEI President Thomas R. Kuhn. “The company's response exemplifies the utility industry's commitment to getting the lights back on after severe weather events.”
Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of United States investor-owned electric utilities and industry affiliates and associates worldwide. Its domestic members generate approximately three-quarters of all the electricity generated by electric utilities in the country and serve about 70 percent of all ..ultimate customers in the nation.
Andrew O'Connor, EEI, 202-508-5489
Ione Villegas, KCP&L, 816-556-2266