According to a press release from Central Maine Power, the Maine-based electric company has been given an award in recognition of how their workers helped  get Louisiana's power grid online following Hurricane Ida.

The company has been given the Edison Electric Institute Emergency Response Award.

On August 29th, 2021, Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana.  At the time it made landfall, the storm was listed as a Category 4 Hurricane with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour.  Following the storm, just under 900,000 homes in the area were without electricity.

Repair crews from several electric companies, including Central Maine Power, spent the next few weeks restoring power to customers in the New Orleans area.  They worked 17+ hour days in heat, humidity, and flooded conditions.  The last crews did not return home until the last week of September.

The press release goes on to say:

Presented to EEI member companies, the Emergency Response Awards recognize recovery and assistance efforts of electric companies following service disruptions caused by extreme weather or other natural events. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process, and the awards were presented during EEI’s virtual winter Board of Directors meeting on January 11, 2022. CMP’s sister utilities in Connecticut and New York were also recognized for their efforts.

In a recent interview, executives for the Maine utility say they plan to display the award in their Augusta offices.

Thanks to the entire CMP team for doing what they could to help the south recover from one of the worst storms since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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