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Xcel Energy receives award for restoration efforts


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The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) presented Xcel Energy with the association’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for its restoration efforts after Winter Storm Jupiter hit the Texas Panhandle in January 2017.

The award, announced Tuesday, is presented twice annually to EEI member companies to recognize their efforts to restore service to customers after severe weather conditions cause service disruptions, according to an Xcel news release. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process, and the awards were presented during EEI’s annual convention in Boston.
Extensive damage from freezing rain and high winds caused 58,000 customers to lose service in the northeastern counties of the Texas Panhandle. The news release indicates that Xcel Energy’s crews worked quickly to repair damage to more than 7,500 structures, including 43 miles of a distribution line serving four rural communities. Crews devoted more than 92,800 hours to restore service. In total, 1,350 poles, 3,700 cross-arms and 6,000 insulators were replaced. Transmission construction crews also repaired damaged transmission lines, fiber-optic lines and transmission structures.
“The courageous and dedicated Xcel Energy crews who faced hazardous conditions are greatly deserving of this recognition,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn.
David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy of New Mexico and Texas, thanked communities for the kindness shown to the company’s estimated 1,000 employees and contractors responding to the storm.
“Our communities went above and beyond to accommodate such a large influx of people during a stressful time,” Hudson said. “They provided us locations to stage our crews, businesses donated food, and we even had a group of residents provide a dessert buffet. This meant a great deal to the crews who traveled long distances to help.”
EEI represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies as well as 60 international electric companies and business members.
Xcel Energy is a publicly traded company with headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It services millions of residential and business customers in eight Western and Midwestern states.