The Edison Electric Institute's Emergency Recovery Award
In March of 2014 EEI presented us with the association’s “Emergency Recovery Award” for our outstanding power restoration efforts after a widespread, severe weather outbreak in the company’s Upper Midwest service territory in June 2013. The award is presented annually to EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary efforts to restore power to customers after service disruptions caused by severe weather conditions or natural events.
During a three-day period in late June 2013, a series of severe storms hit Minnesota, including the Twin Cities area and western Wisconsin, causing more than 610,000 of our customers to lose power. The high winds, damaging lightning, and heavy rain created dangerous and difficult conditions for workers trying to restore power in the days following the storms. Crews from Xcel Energy and other companies called in to assist had to navigate and work around fallen tree limbs, uprooted trees, and other scattered storm debris.
Despite the difficult working conditions and the quick succession of the storms, we restored power to 96 percent of affected customers within three days after the final storm. The utility’s quick and effective response was due in large part to careful preparation before power outages began and coordination with 22 utility companies from 15 states. We also engaged with customers during the restoration process through more than 705,000 calls that came in on the company’s toll-free lines and more than 2,500 messages that were sent to customers through social media outlets.
“The devastating June storms gave us the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to the customers and communities we serve.”
– Ben Fowke, Chairman, President and CEO
The EPA, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry awarded Xcel Energy a 2016 Climate Leadership Award for excellence in greenhouse gas management after we achieved our goal and reduced carbon emissions 22 percent from 2005 to 2014 - six years ahead of schedule.Learn more on the EPA website
For the 12th year running, Xcel Energy is ranked the No. 1 utility wind energy provider in the United States, according to the American Wind Energy Association.Visit the American Wind Energy Association website
Xcel Energy’s Windsource® (Residential & Business) program is the third largest voluntary green power program in the United States based on customer participation, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s assessment of utility green power programs for 2015.See the full rankings
Xcel Energy was named “Corporate Supporter of the Year” for the third consecutive year by the BDPA Twin Cities Chapter in 2013. We were recognized for our commitment to teaching the next generation of high school students in the IT field.Visit the BDPA Twin Cities Chapter website
In 2013, we received the Wildlife National Achievement Award from the National Wild Turkey Federation for our commitment to conservation and improving wildlife habitat.Visit the National Wild Turkey Federation website
Xcel Energy has been recognized as a Tree Line USA utility by the Arbor Day Foundation for more than 20 consecutive years for our commitment to proper tree pruning, planting, and care.Visit the Arbor Day Foundation website
The Edison Electric Institute honored Xcel Energy with its Emergency Assistance Award for outstanding efforts in mutual-aid assistance for power restoration work after Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast and the Super Derecho storm that brought crews to Ohio during summer 2012.Visit the Edison Electric Institute website
For seven consecutive years, G.I. Jobs magazine has named Xcel Energy one of the nation’s 100 most military-friendly employers based on our long-term commitment to hiring former military personnel, recruiting efforts and policies for active military employees.Visit the G.I. Jobs website
We are recipients of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) 2012 Generation Technology Transfer Award. Xcel Energy shares the award with DTE Energy for playing a leading role in a research collaborative designed to better understand and mitigate the damaging effects of explosive cleaning techniques on generation plant boiler tubes. Findings from the research will help the industry to reduce forced outages due to damaged boiler tubes.Visit the Electric Power Research Institute website
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