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US utility Dominion Energy has been recognised for its power restoration efforts during the 2018 Hurricane season.

The energy provider to 7.5 million customers in 18 states has been awarded the “Emergency Recovery Award” by the Edison Electric Institute.

The award recognises the utility’s power restoration efforts after Tropical Storm Michael caused more than 630,000 outages in the utility’s service territory in October 2018.

Dominion Energy restored service to 100% of affected customers within five days by deploying 290,000 man-hours towards the restoration process.

Tropical Storm Michael was the sixth-largest storm event in Dominion Energy’s history and travelled at speeds of 155mph.

Ed Baine, senior vice president-Electric Distribution, said: “We earned this award through the valiant efforts of our dedicated employees and contractors, who worked safely and efficiently around the clock to restore power to our customers affected by Tropical Storm Michael.”

The winners of the award were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process and the award was presented during EEI’s January 10 Winter Board and Chief Executives Meeting in Palm Beach.

This marks Dominion Energy’s 11th response award from the EEI.