The Dayton Power and Light Co. (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corp. was presented with the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) “Emergency Recovery Award” for its outstanding power restoration efforts after a series of tornados hit Ohio in May.
The Emergency Recovery Award is given to select EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary efforts to restore power to customers after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions or other natural events. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process. DP&L received the award during EEI’s Winter Board and Chief Executives Meeting in Tucson, Arizona.
Beginning late in the evening on Memorial Day, a series of 15 confirmed tornados hit DP&L’s service territory resulting in 101,748 outages. Due to their tireless work, crews restored service to 100 percent of customers within 10 days after the storm, dedicating 80,000 man-hours to the recovery efforts.
“On behalf of all of our DP&L people, we are extremely honored to be recognized with EEI’s Emergency Recovery Award for our restoration efforts following the Memorial Day Tornados, which ranks as one of the top three storms for DP&L in recent history,” said Lisa Krueger, AES US SBU President. “We take great pride in serving our customers and thank the crews for their extraordinary dedication during an unprecedented weather event that people will remember for years to come. The extensive damage from the tornados presented challenging conditions with crews working round the clock to safely restore electric service to our customers and neighbors.”
“DP&L’s work to restore service safely and quickly to customers, often in dangerous conditions, makes them deserving of this award,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Their efforts exemplify the high standards our industry seeks to uphold, and I applaud their commitment to their customers.”