US utility CenterPoint Energy has received three awards from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) for quick restoration of services at times when its grid encountered failures.
The utility, service provider to five million consumers, was recognised by EEI for quick restoration of energy during Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and the Sealy Microburst.
CenterPoint Energy received the Emergency Recovery award for its restoration efforts during Hurricane Harvey which affected consumers in Texas in August 2017.
Harvey left the utility with over 1.2 million outages within Centerpoint Energy’s service territory.
This pushed the utility to deploy nearly 4,000 internal and external personnel from seven states, 36 air boats and 15 amphibious vehicles to address the outages.
Ed Scott, director of operations for CenterPoint Energy, said: “In 2008, Hurricane Ike came through our territory and the next day the sun was out and we could begin restoring service. For Hurricane Harvey, we knew that it was going to be a long road to restoration, so we prepared ourselves and our resources.”
CenterPoint Energy has been recognised with the Emergency Assistance Award for helping Florida recover from damages left by Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
The utility sent 200 of its workers to Florida two days after finishing service restoration for Harvey.
“We knew the need was shifting east, and we wanted to be there to help others who helped us during Hurricane Harvey.”
Tom Kuhn, President at EEI, added: “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.”
CenterPoint Energy & Sealy recovery
The utility received its second Emergency Recovery Award for work done to restore services after severe storms hit Sealy, Texas in May last year.
The storm with winds between 80 and 100 miles per hour left some 70,000 customer outages in Sealy.
Centerpoint Energy tasked 16,000 men to replace nine wooden transmission poles, 246 distribution poles and 356 spans of wire, restoring service to 100% of customers within 2 days.