Southern Company helping with Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts
ATLANTA, Oct. 31, 2012
ATLANTA, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Utilities from across the U.S. are
working together in Hurricane Sandy's aftermath in the power restoration
process. Southern Company is assisting in the utilities' collaborative storm
response efforts through its involvement in the Southeastern Electric Exchange
(SEE) – a non-profit trade association that coordinates mutual assistance
across utilities in response to severe storms. The nearly 2,000 dedicated
resources Southern Company has committed through its subsidiaries to assist
customers affected by Hurricane Sandy have been deployed to support Pepco
Holdings (PHI), BG&E, PPL, PECO, Dominion, First Energy, AEP East, and ConEd
in their restoration efforts.
"America's electric utilities consistently demonstrate strong collaboration
when responding to severe storms," said Southern Company Chairman, President
and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. "Mutual assistance is critical to fulfilling our
shared commitment to serving customers, and we are proud to be a part of
restoring communities impacted by this unprecedented storm."
Southern Company's resource deployment includes a combination of distribution
and transmission linemen, tree crews, damage assessors, network crews and
support staff from subsidiaries Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power and
Mississippi Power. Many of the involved employees began traveling to the
affected areas a day or more before Hurricane Sandy made landfall.
The SEE is a non-profit, non-political trade association comprised of 53
utility operating companies serving 22 states from New Mexico to New England,
including several utilities directly affected by Hurricane Sandy. When a major
storm approaches, the SEE's Mutual Assistance Committee facilitates the
equitable allocation of restoration resources to impacted
companies.Associations similar to the SEE coordinate utility resources in
other parts of the country.Through the intense and strategic collaboration
provided by the SEE and the other regional mutual assistance organizations,
utilities are able to streamline storm response efforts – with improved
efficiency benefiting affected customers.
When evaluating off-system storm restoration efforts, Southern Company's
subsidiaries ensure the availability of adequate resources to serve their
customers' energy needs with clean, safe, reliable and affordable power.
When major storms, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Ivan in
2004, have impacted Southern Company's service territory, mutual assistance
has been instrumental in safely and efficiently restoring power to customers.
Through its involvement in the SEE, Southern Company is poised to reciprocate
by providing assistance to utilities affected by Hurricane Sandy to continue
to serve their customers' energy needs.
With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of generating
capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy
company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe,
reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities
in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber
optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for
energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail
electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company is
leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first
new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and is
demonstrating its commitment to energy innovation through development of a
state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized
by the U.S. Department of Defense and GI Jobs magazine as a top military
employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company
received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its
leadership in new nuclear development, was named Platts' 2011 Power Company of
the Year and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual
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