Dominion awarded for outstanding power restoration in Dorian’s wake


US utility Dominion Energy has been recognised by the Edison Electric Institute for outstanding power restoration after Hurricane Dorian.

The category 6 Hurricane left 172,000 consumers in the dark in eastern Virginia and North Carolina. Dominion Energy restored services to affected customers in just three days.

The utility required 53,400 man-hours to speed-up power restoration.

The award is Dominion Energy’s ninth from the Edison Electric Institute for power restoration.

Robert M. Blue, president of Dominion Energy Virginia, said: “It is an honour for us to accept this Emergency Recovery Award again, recognising all the hours of planning and hard work that goes into a safe recovery effort.

“We earned this award because of the dedication from our employees and contractors to work safely and tirelessly to restore power to all our customers impacted during Hurricane Dorian.”

 “Dominion Energy’s work to restore service safely and quickly to customers, often in very difficult 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.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.