IOWA DERECHO 2020

ITC Midwest, Alliant Energy receive national award for derecho response

National investor-owned utility association gives its Emergency Response Award

Electrical workers repairing downed power lines along Highway 13 near County Home Road in Marion on Aug. 18, 2020. (Jim
Electrical workers repairing downed power lines along Highway 13 near County Home Road in Marion on Aug. 18, 2020. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The Edison Electric Institute, which represents all investor-owned utilities in the United States, gave Alliant Energy and ITC Midwest its Emergency Response Award for “for working collaboratively to restore electricity” after the Aug. 10 derecho.

“In the midst of a global pandemic and often in the most hazardous of conditions, the Alliant Energy and ITC teams worked around the clock to restore service safely and quickly,” EEI President Tom Kuhn said in a news release.

The utilities combined to replace more than 4,800 power poles after the storm with help from more than 2,400 out-of-state utility workers.

MidAmerican Energy, which also provides services to the Corridor and was part of the derecho energy-restoration effort, is a subsidiary of privately owned Berkshire Hathaway Energy.

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