Hydro Ottawa is the recipient of the Edison Electric Institute's Emergency Recovery Award, for its outstanding power restoration efforts after two tornadoes ripped through the city in September of 2018.
The 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.
Hydro Ottawa received the award during EEI's Winter Board and Chief Executives Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida, Thursday.
On September 21, an EF-3 and an EF-2 tornado hit the City of Ottawa causing extensive damage, resulting in 171,462 service outages in Hydro Ottawa's territory. Thanks to 3,824.5 man-hours dedicated to recovery efforts, Hydro Ottawa's crews got 100 per cent of its customers back online within four days after the storm.
"The dedication of Hydro Ottawa's crews to restore service throughout the City of Ottawa after two tornadoes illustrates our industry's commitment to customers," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "Hydro Ottawa's crews worked tirelessly in hazardous conditions to quickly and safely restore power. They are truly deserving of this award."
"Our employees are our greatest strength," said Hydro Ottawa President and Chief Executive Officer Bryce Conrad. "Faced with the largest power outage in the company's history, they banded together and worked tirelessly to bring power back across our city."
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Its members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. In addition to our U.S. members, EEI has more than 65 international electric companies as international members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as associate members.