Alliant, MidAmerican Honored for Super Storm Sandy Recovery Aid

By Dave DeWitte, Reporter

A group of line workers from Mid American Energy prepare to leave the company's shop in Iowa City Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 to go help restore power in Poughkeepsie, New York. The workers are expecting to be in New Jersey for two weeks. (Brian Ray/The Gazette-KCRG)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy crews who worked to help restore power after Super Storm Sandy are getting national and state level recognition.

The Edison Electric Institute recently presented Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy Company with its annual EEI 2012 Emergency Assistance Award for their work in the Super Storm Sandy recovery.

Alliant Energy sent 215 employees and 138 contract line workers and tree crew members to assist with Hurricane Sandy restoration efforts. Of Alliant Energy’s 215 employees who responded, 114 were from Iowa.

MidAmerican Energy sent 29 Iowa employees and released more than 250 contract line workers and tree crew members to provide assistance in the East.

Alliant Energy employees provided assistance to Central Hudson Gas and Electric, Con Edison of New York, and National Grid. MidAmerican Energy crews provided assistance to Central Hudson Gas and Electric and New York State Electric and Gas. Crews worked an average of 16-hour days for two consecutive weeks.

More than 60 utilities across the United States will be honored by EEI, the leading electric power industry association, for their recovery or response efforts to weather disasters in 2012.

“These awards recognize the extreme efforts made by Iowa’s utility crews. It shows that our crews in Iowa are second to none," Iowa Utility Association President Mark Douglas said.

Crews worked an average of 16-hour days for two consecutive weeks.

“The damage caused by Superstorm Sandy was unprecedented and so was the response from our staff and our state. We’re proud to have helped out in one of the largest restoration efforts our industry has ever seen,” said Pat Kampling, Alliant Energy chairman and CEO. “We know we made many allies if we ever need help back home, especially with Central Hudson Gas and Electric, who nominated us for this award.”

“All of our 29 employees voluntarily participated in the relief effort,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO, MidAmerican Energy. “Their hard work and commitment to restore power and help these communities return to normal is greatly appreciated.”

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will recognize Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy employees who responded to Super Storm Sandy at noon Jan. 14 at the Iowa Capitol.

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