The Edison Electric Institute last week awarded Xcel Energy with the association's Emergency Assistance Award for its efforts in mutual aid assistance for power restoration after Hurricane Sandy in the northeast and the Super Derecho storm in Ohio.
Xcel Energy's Carlsbad Field Operations Supervisor Dustin Taylor and Carlsbad co-workers Michael Suggs, Michael Munoz and Matt DePew were among the crews that volunteered to go to Long Island to help restore power there.
The crew had initially been dispatched to Virginia, but when they arrived, they were not needed, and were sent to Long Island.
The Xcel Carlsbad contingent drove a total of 2,300 miles to Long Island and immediately began helping restore power under difficult conditions. The local crew was among 230 Xcel Energy employees and contractors from all four Xcel Energy operating companies that worked 10 days in the Long Island area.
The Carlsbad Xcel employees said in an interview after their return that they volunteered to help after a disaster because they have the skills needed and hope if Carlsbad experienced a catastrophic event, utility workers from other companies from around the country would come to the community's aid.
The award given to Xcel and other utility companies that helped to restore power after Hurricane Sandy is presented annually to U.S. and foreign-based member companies to recognize outstanding efforts in restoring electricity service disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. Recipients were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process.
Kent Larson, senior vice president, Xcel Operations, said the company is honored to have received the award that recognizes its employees who helped restore power on Long Island and other areas devastated by Sandy.
"We are also extremely pleased that our employees worked safely for more than 31,678 man-hours in conditions ranging from heat and humidity to rain, ice and snow, Larson said."