Consumers Energy Gas Employees Recognized for Efforts Surrounding Superstorm
Mutual Aid Assistance from Across the Country Supported Recovery Efforts in
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013
WASHINGTON, March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Superstorm Sandy hit the United
States in October 2012 and brought with it extensive destruction across the
Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Throughout the storm and for months
following, natural gas utility companies worked to help ensure those affected
by Sandy were able to safely rely on natural gas for their home energy needs.
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Among the utilities which provided mutual aid assistance was Michigan's
Consumers Energy. For the first time in its 125 year history, the utility sent
gas work crews out of state to assist with the restoration of natural gas
service. The company released approximately 25 employees who worked with
National Grid in several areas near New York City for about two weeks.
"Consumers Energy strongly supports mutual assistance and utilities helping
each other in times of need. Superstorm Sandy's destruction was unparalleled
and we were pleased we could provide assistance in New York," said Dan Malone,
senior vice president of distribution and customer operations at Consumers
Energy. "While helping others when needed, we continue to sharpen our
readiness to respond to natural crises and emergency needs in our home state
Consumers Energy participates in the American Gas Association's mutual
assistance program for unprecedented disasters requiring the dedication of
response, recovery and restoration resources outside the limits of existing
local, state and regional mutual assistance programs. In preparation for
Hurricane Sandy, and in its aftermath, Consumers Energy was one of more than
20 natural gas utilities that participated in daily calls to offer assistance
and guidance to utilities and safety officials in the communities where
natural gas service had been interrupted.
"The impact of this storm was greater than anyone expected, but our members
were standing ready to assist to make sure the natural gas community had the
support it needed to help those affected recover as quickly as possible," said
Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the American Gas Association. "Natural gas
utility crews from across the country and Canada worked tirelessly to help the
member companies and customers impacted. This was a real life example of the
strength of the natural gas community – crews traveled long distances and
often endured challenging circumstances, but you never heard a complaint –
folks were there to help and that's what they were focused on."
AGA developed coins of recognition to honor those who contributed to
Superstorm Sandy restoration and has awarded them to individuals at Consumers
Energy. The coins were presented today at a recognition event held for
Consumers Energy employees in Bath, Mich..
McCurdy added: "It is often said that one's true character is revealed during
a crisis, and that could not be more accurate. We are extremely proud of the
many who dedicated their time and effort to making sure their fellow utility
crews and the customers impacted by Sandy had the help they needed."
About the American Gas Association
The American Gas Association, founded in 1918, representsmore than 200 local
energy companies that deliver clean natural gas throughout the United
States.There are more than 71 million residential, commercial and industrial
natural gas customers in the U.S., of which 92 percent — more than 65 million
customers — receive their gas from AGA members. Today, natural gas meets
almost one-fourth of the United States' energy needs.
About Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million residents
in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. For more information regarding Consumers
Energy, visit us at: www.ConsumersEnergy.com or join us on Facebook at:
SOURCE Consumers Energy
Contact: Jennifer O'Shea, AGA, email@example.com, +1-202-824-7023, or Roger
Morgenstern, Consumers Energy, Roger.Morgenstern@cmsenergy.com,
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