During the busy hurricane season, Progress Energy and its employees have contributed thousands of dollars to hurricane relief and logged nearly as many hours in restoring power to hurricane victims.
"Our employees continue to go the extra mile through their financial contributions and by traveling to affected areas to assist in restoration efforts. We understand the destruction hurricanes bring and the effect they have on communities. We're honored to have the opportunity to help our neighbors in the Gulf states who have helped us in the past," said Fred Day, president and CEO of Progress Energy Carolinas.
The company and its employees recently contributed $472,000 for Hurricane Katrina relief to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, which assists victims of all hurricanes. Progress Energy pledged $100,000 and matched $186,000 of employee contributions collected to help victims of Hurricane Katrina.
More than 1530 Progress Energy employees and contractors traveled to the Gulf Coast to help restore electric service for residents. Of the Progress Energy personnel assisting with restoration, more than 880 were Progress Energy Carolinas employees and contractors. Most of them worked an average of two weeks in the affected areas. Hundreds more are currently assisting in power restoration efforts in Florida following Hurricane Wilma.
Progress Energy, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a Fortune 250 diversified energy company with more than 24,000 MW of generation capacity and $9 billion in annual revenues.