Massachusetts Electric Company (WMECo) is receiving national honors
for its successful efforts to assist other utilities in the massive
restoration following Superstorm Sandy. The Edison Electric Institute’s
(EEI) Emergency Assistance Award was presented today to Northeast
Utilities (NU),WMECo’s parent company, in recognition of the
extraordinary work by WMECo and other NU crews to restore electric
service to areas that had been disrupted by the devastating weather
WMECo crews systematically restored power to 52-thousand customers
during and after Superstorm Sandy. They then packed-up and headed south
to Connecticut, where a massive restoration was still in full swing.
Shortly after Sandy, a nor’easter dealt a blow to storm-ravaged New
Jersey and a WMECo contingent was back on the road to assist storm weary
“When power goes out, our borders come down,” said WMECo President Peter
Clarke. “The formidable task of restoring power to hundreds of thousands
of people was shouldered in part by our dedicated workforce, not for
days but for weeks, as they continued to demonstrate the combined
power of the Northeast Utilities family.”
Along with sending its own workers to hard-hit states, WMECo also joined
fellow Northeast Utilities companies in sending a total of approximately
1,900 private line contractors who were previously assisting NU’s repair
efforts throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
The electric power industry’s Emergency Assistance Award has been
presented each year to EEI member electric utility companies since 1998.
The award recognizes extraordinary efforts undertaken in restoring
electric service to the customers of another utility company that has
been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events.
Western Massachusetts Electric Company, a Northeast Utilities company
(NYSE:NU), serves approximately 210,000 customers in 59 communities
throughout western Massachusetts. For more information, please visit our
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