KCP&L Earns "Emergency Assistance Award" for Efforts Following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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Scottsdale, Az. (January 17, 2018) – Earlier this week the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) today presented KCP&L with the association’s “Emergency Assistance Award” for its outstanding work assisting customers impacted by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017 and Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

The award is presented to EEI member companies to recognize an outstanding response in assisting other electric companies in power restoration efforts after service has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process, and the awards were presented during EEI’s Winter Board and CEO Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

KCP&L dispatched more than 450 full-time and contract employees to assist restoration efforts in Houston and Florida following two of the most devastating hurricanes in American history. 

“When disaster impacts a region, electric companies from across the nation are called on to assist impacted companies in need – mutual assistance is a hallmark of our industry,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “When Hurricane Harvey and/ or Irma struck, KCP&L answered both calls to help. KCP&L’s assistance to restore service to impacted customers is a terrific example of mutual assistance in action.”

“The destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Irma was truly daunting and required an enormous amount of dedication, logistics, cooperation and hard work,” said Kevin Noblet, KCP&L’s vice president for delivery. “We take great pride in accepting this award and knowing the number of people that we were able to help in a time of crisis.”

About EEI:

EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 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 60 international electric companies as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.

About KCP&L:

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.