The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has presented DTE Energy with the “Emergency Assistance Award” for its outstanding power restoration efforts after an ice storm hit western Michigan in February 2019.

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 natural events. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges following an international nomination process. DTE received the award during EEI 2019, the electric power industry’s annual conference.

In February, western Michigan was hit with an ice storm that included wind gusts of up to 45 mph, resulting in damage to the energy grid. DTE sent more than 120 lineworkers and contractors to help restore service to Consumers Energy customers over the course of three days.

“Mutual assistance is a hallmark of our industry and depends on electric companies helping other electric companies quickly respond during times of need,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “I thank DTE Energy for responding to this mutual assistance call and for its crews’ efforts to restore service safely and quickly to customers in the impacted area.”

“This mutual assistance effort was about neighbors helping neighbors,” said Heather Rivard, DTE Energy senior vice president, Distribution Operations. “We’re all Michiganders and we’re always there for each other. Consumers has helped us many times in the past, and this was our opportunity to lend them a hand to help restore power after a brutal week of winter weather.”