Jan. 10, 2013
PNM Earns Edison Electric Institute Emergency Assistance Award for Restoration Efforts Following 'Superstorm' Sandy
Albuquerque: The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) announced today that PNM and the company's mutual assistance team were selected to receive a prominent award for their work with outage restoration following "Superstorm" Sandy.
Edison Electric Institute annually recognizes companies that put forth an exemplary effort to assist other utilities with outage restoration by presenting the Emergency Assistance Award. PNM was chosen following an international nomination process, and the award was presented during EEI's Winter CEO meeting.
"Superstorm" Sandy left approximately 8.5 million people in 15 states and the District of Columbia without power. Over a 19 day period, the 40 member PNM mutual assistance team traveled more than 5,000 miles, to restore power to approximately 50,000 homes, assisting three utility companies.
"PNM's restoration assistance following Hurricane Sandy was truly remarkable," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "Getting the lights back on quickly and safely following a major storm is never easy. Working through the industry's mutual assistance program, PNM's crews were essential in helping their fellow utility companies restore service in affected neighborhoods. Importantly, PNM's assistance also shows their compassion in helping others in their time of need. I congratulate them."
Sandy required an unprecedented response from the electric utility industry to help restore power to millions of people in heavily populated areas. TNMP was one of 39 companies to receive 2012 Emergency Assistance Awards.
PNM's nomination cited extraordinary efforts by employees to respond to customer concerns and restore power, including one employee who potentially helped save a life when he discovered an elderly man who fell from a tree and landed on a fence.
"PNM is extremely proud to accept this award from EEI. This award is a testament to our employees' commitment to safe restoration practices. We were pleased to assist the utilities companies on the East Coast," said Pat Vincent-Collawn, president and CEO of PNM Resources. "It was a pleasure and honor to accept the award today on their behalf."
The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies. EEI members serve 95 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry. They also have more than 65 International electric companies as Affiliate members, and more than 170 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate members.
PNM is a subsidiary of PNM Resources, an energy holding company based in Albuquerque, N.M. PNM provides electric utility service to 500,000 customers in New Mexico. PNM Resources stock is traded primarily on the NYSE under the symbol PNM. For more information, see the company's Web site at PNM.com.