The following is a press release from Con Edison:
NEW YORK—Con Edison has been named winner of the 2012 ReliabilityOne™ Award for the Northeast Region for Outstanding Reliability Performance by PA Consulting Group for the company’s electricity delivery in 2011. Con Edison also received an award for Best Overall System-Wide Reliability.
“These awards for reliability are very gratifying, especially with all of the challenges and thee xtraordinarily difficult circumstances we have faced in the last month” said John Miksad, Con Edison’s senior vice president for Electric Operations. “With the hardships so many in ourservice area have faced with the onset and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, this affords us only a moment before we redouble our efforts to further strengthen our systems against the possibility of unprecedented weather that our region just experienced. We remain committed to serving our customers going forward with the excellence symbolized by these honors.”
All utilities operating electric delivery networks in North America are eligible for consideration for the ReliabilityOne™ Award. There are a total of five regional awards including Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Plains and West. The selection of provisional recipients is based primarily onsystem reliability statistics that measure the frequency and duration of customer outages. After provisional recipients are selected, each company undergoes an on-site certification process, which provides an independent review and confirmation of the policies, processes and systems used to collect, analyze and report a company's reliability results.
“As the U.S. has seen an increase in the number of extreme weather events over the past few years, the utility industry must be at the top of its game in terms of outage response to major events,” said Jeff Lewis, PA Consulting Group’s Reliability One™ Program Director. “Con Edison has demonstrated its ability to utilize new technologies and industry best practices to safely and efficiently restore power, while finding new channels to communicate the best information to customers, regulators, and employees.”