SaskPower earns EEI award for assisting Manitoba after historic winter storm outage

January 09, 2020

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today presented SaskPower with the EEI “Emergency Assistance Award” for its response efforts after a snow storm hit Manitoba in October. SaskPower received the award during EEI’s Winter Board and Chief Executives Meeting in Tucson, Arizona.

In October, a 1-in-100-year snow storm hit Manitoba, bringing three feet of heavy wet snow and high winds. SaskPower sent 24 field staff along with 15 pieces of pole setting equipment to help restore service to customers during the course of 11 days.

“I applaud SaskPower for responding to the request for mutual assistance and for helping to restore service safely and quickly to those impacted by this severe storm,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Mutual assistance is a hallmark of the electric power industry, and it is critical to helping restore power to customers following significant events.”

“On behalf of SaskPower I would like to thank the EEI for recognizing our employees’ efforts during the October 2019 blizzard,” SaskPower President & CEO Mike Marsh said. “We were able to step up and help out a neighbour in need, just as we know our neighbours would do the same if the situation was reversed.”

The Emergency Assistance Award is given to select EEI member companies to recognize their outstanding efforts to assist other electric companies with power restoration after service has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other major incidents. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process.

The EEI represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies and includes members who operate in more than 90 countries worldwide. For more information about the EEI awards please visit www.eei.org/about/awards.

At a glance...

  • SaskPower received the EEI’s Emergency Assistance Award
  • 24 field staff members travelled to Manitoba in October 2019 to help restore power after an unprecedented storm
  • For more information visit www.eei.org/about/awards

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