TORONTO, Jan. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, Hydro One was awarded one of the
Edison Electric Institute's 2012 Emergency Assistance Awards for
supporting the recovery efforts from the June 2012 Mid-Atlantic and
Midwest derecho and Hurricane Sandy. The Edison Electric Institute
(EEI) is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies
that annually recognizes member companies that put forth outstanding
efforts to restore service promptly to the public following a storm or
"Our employees' skills and experience were needed in these difficult
situations and we are proud that we were able to respond," said Carmine
Marcello, President and CEO, Hydro One. "Hydro One and the electricity
sector have a long-standing shared history of responding in situations
like this. We all know that timely restoration of electricity is
critical to the health and economic well-being of our communities."
On July 1, 2012, 200 Hydro One employees travelled to Washington D.C,
Baltimore and Virginia after the derecho passed through the region and
knocked out power to more than three million homes and businesses.
On November 1, 2012, Hydro One dispatched 225 employees to Long Island,
NY to assist in power restoration efforts after Hurricane Sandy knocked
out power to millions of residents.
Hydro One has reciprocal agreements in place with North American
utilities to provide assistance during significant power outages. In
mutual assistance situations, all costs are covered by the utility
receiving the help.
In 2007, Hydro One became the only non-U.S. utility to be awarded the
Edison Electric Institute's "Emergency Recovery Award" in recognition
of outstanding efforts in restoring electric service that has been
disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events.
Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates
Ontario's 29,000 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that
delivers electricity to large industrial customers and municipal
utilities, and a 121,000 kilometre low-voltage distribution system that
serves about 1.4 million end-use customers and smaller municipal
utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of
SOURCE: Hydro One Inc.
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