Duke Energy awarded for storm response

Duke Energy has won the Edison Electric Institute’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for its work to restore power after two severe winter storms in the Carolinas last year.

Duke has won the annual award 11 times since EEI began presenting it in 1998. EEI is the trade association for investor-owned electric companies.

The award recognized Duke’s response to a February 2014 storm of snow, sleet and freezing rain that left more than 200,000 customers without power.

More than 3,900 workers, including Duke crews from the Midwest and Florida, restored power to 99.5 percent of customers within three days.

A March 2014 storm was the third-largest ice storm Duke had responded to in 20 years and knocked out power to 414,000 customers.

Crews from five other utilities helped Duke workers restore power to 99.4 percent of its customers within five days.

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