EEI awards Mississippi Power for hurricane restoration efforts

EEI awards Mississippi Power for hurricane restoration efforts

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The Edison Electric Institute has recognized Mississippi Power for its Hurricane Irma restoration assistance efforts.

The company received EEI’s Assistance Award for sending nearly 100 employees to Macon and Valdosta to assist Georgia Power in mid-September.

“Our crews worked out of Dublin and Hawkinsville and safely restored service to more than 17,000 Georgia Power customers,” Vice President of Customer Services Organization Nicole Faulk said. “We never know where Mother Nature will make an impact, but we are proud to be part of an industry that answers the call and supports each other when assistance is needed.”

Mississippi Power’s team included 72 line personnel and 22 support personnel, travelling with more than 60 vehicles.

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The team spent more than a week in south Georgia and received a visit from Mississippi Power President and CEO Anthony Wilson.

When a powerful storm moved through the Northeast and knocked out power to more than 1.5 million customers, a 90-person team travelled 3,000 miles roundtrip to provide assistance to National Grid in Rhode Island in late October.

Mississippi Power crews also responded to a tropical system in its backyard in October, when Hurricane Nate made landfall near Biloxi.

Service was restored to nearly 22,000 customers in less than 24 hours following Nate’s landfall.

Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for nearly 187,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Mississippi Power ranked first in the Southeastern Electric Exchange’s 2016 Safety Performance Reports and is consistently recognized as an industry leader in reliability, customer service and safety. Visit our websites at www.mississippipower.com and www.mississippipowernews.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.

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