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Cleco Power earns EEI Emergency Response Award for efforts to restore service after Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida EEI Award
Jun 21, 2022
PINEVILLE, La. - June 21, 2022 – Today, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) presented Cleco Power with the Emergency Response Award for its power restoration efforts after Hurricane Ida in August 2021.

Emergency Response Awards are given to select EEI member companies in recognition of their recovery and assistance efforts following service disruptions caused by extreme weather or other natural events. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process and the awards were presented during EEI’s June Board and CEO meeting.

“Our employees and contractors who supported our recovery efforts helped us earn this award,” said Shane Hilton, president of Cleco Power. “Cleco employees and contractors worked around-the-clock to make repairs to system damage and restore power. Their unwavering dedication to our customers and our communities is what drives efficient and safe power restoration efforts.”

“Over the past year, electric companies confronted severe storms and extreme weather events, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and winter storms, that impacted customers and communities across the nation,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “Despite challenging conditions, Cleco and its employees worked around the clock to restore power safely and as quickly as possible following Hurricane Ida. I congratulate and applaud Cleco and their employees for their continued dedication to the customers and communities that they serve, and I am honored to present them with this well-deserved award.”

EEI has recognized Cleco with 27 awards since the program’s inception in 1998, earning 16 Emergency Response Awards and 11 Emergency Assistance Awards.

EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for more than 235 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million jobs in communities across the United States. In addition to our U.S. members, EEI has more than 65 international electric companies, with operations in more than 90 countries, as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.