Tampa Electric granted national assistance award for Hurricane Sandy efforts
Utility sent hundreds of workers to New Jersey to help other utilities; More helped from Tampa
TAMPA, February 6, 2013
Tampa Electric has won the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Emergency Assistance Award for 2012, in recognition for the utility’s outstanding support to restore power and natural gas service after last year’s devastating Hurricane Sandy.
Tampa Electric sent about 115 linemen, substation crews and support staff – and 145 contractors – to Point Pleasant Beach and Lakewood, N.J., to help Jersey Central Power & Light and Public Service Electric & Gas restore power. TECO Peoples Gas sent more than a dozen technicians to Long Island to help National Grid restore natural gas service. In addition to crews in the field, more than 50 customer service representatives helped Delmarva Power remotely answer customer calls.
“It was our pleasure to assist other power companies in their time of need. We have enlisted help when we’ve needed it, and we are proud to have the opportunity to reciprocate,” said Gordon Gillette, president of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas. “We are honored that the Edison Electric Institute recognizes our efforts.”
Tampa Electric previously won EEI’s Emergency Recovery Award in 2004 for responding to hurricanes Charley, Frances and Jeanne in its own territory.
The electric industry’s Emergency Assistance Award has been presented since 1998 to recognize extraordinary efforts undertaken to restore electric service to another utility that has been disrupted by severe weather. Tampa Electric was chosen after an international nomination process.
“Getting utilities restored quickly and safely following a major storm is never easy. Working through the industry’s mutual assistance program, Tampa Electric crews were essential in helping their fellow utility companies restore service in affected neighborhoods,” said Tom Kuhn, EEI president. “Tampa Electric’s assistance also shows its compassion in helping others in their time of need.”
Tampa Electric Company is the principal subsidiary of TECO Energy Inc. (NYSE: TE), an energy-related holding company with regulated utility operations in Florida, including both Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas System . Tampa Electric serves nearly 676,000 customers in West Central Florida. TECO Energy’s other major subsidiary, TECO Coal, owns and operates coal production facilities in Kentucky and Virginia.