Houston – Jan. 29, 2018 – CenterPoint Energy has been presented with the Edison Electric Institute (EEI)'s "Emergency Assistance Award" for its outstanding power restoration efforts after storms hit Sealy, Texas in May 2017.
"At CenterPoint Energy, we take pride in the work we do and our commitment to serving our communities. Whenever a storm approaches, we have a plan in place and proactively respond to the emergency. Then, we work hard to restore power as quickly and safely as possible," said Ed Scott, director of operations for CenterPoint Energy.
On May 23, severe storms with winds between 80 and 100 mph hit the community of Sealy. The torrential rain, massive hail and tornado-force winds resulted in nearly 70,000 customer outages. While the storm was isolated to only 15.5 square-miles of CenterPoint Energy's 5,000 square-mile service area, the damage to the electrical infrastructure was extreme.
Working safely and efficiently, CenterPoint Energy crews replaced nine wooden transmission poles, 246 distribution poles and 356 spans of wire (See restoration photos). Crews restored service to 100 percent of customers within two days, dedicating more than 16,000 man-hours to the effort.
"The tireless work by CenterPoint Energy's crews during the Sealy Microburst exemplifies our industry's commitment to customer service," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "CenterPoint Energy's crews worked diligently to safely restore service to customers, and are very deserving of this award."
The award is presented to 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 were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process, and the awards were presented during EEI's Winter Board and Chief Executives Meeting in Scottsdale.