Today, Iowa’s two largest utility companies will receive recognition for their efforts to help restore electric and natural gas service to thousands of people on the East Coast who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Alliant and MidAmerican Energy will receive the annual Edison Electric Institute Emergency Assistance Award.
The award recognizes companies that work in extraordinary events and put forth an outstanding effort to restore service. More than 60 utilities in the US will be recognized for their response efforts to disasters in 2012. Alliant Energy sent 215 employees and 138 contract line workers and tree crew member to assist with the majority of those employees from Iowa. Crews worked 16-hour days for two weeks.
Alliant Energy CEO Pat Kampling says that the damage was unprecedented and so was the response from the staff and the state of Iowa. He says that they are proud to have helped. All employees voluntarily participated in the relief effort. The employees will also be recognized at a special ceremony hosted by Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds at the Capitol Building today.