WASHINGTON (Wednesday, May 08, 2013) - Electric utility executives today commended the President and his Administration for its continued leadership, support, and partnership in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. The utility executives especially thanked the President for recognizing the industry’s essential role as first responders in national recovery efforts and for instructing his Administration to cut through any red tape and bureaucracy that slow the restoration process.
Today’s meeting was focused on building on the momentum established during Sandy. The electric power industry, in partnership with the government, is seeking a greater level of collaboration that will help to expedite response and restoration in the future. Department of Energy Acting Secretary Dan Poneman, who conducted today’s meeting, was recognized for his leadership in creating the federal-industry partnership.
“President Obama and his Administration’s commitment to work in partnership with the electric power industry has been extraordinary, and we thank all federal agencies involved for taking the time to meet and discuss the important lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy, so that we all can be better prepared for the next disaster,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn.
President Obama met with electric utility executives today at the Department of Energy. Lew Hay, right, EEI Chairman and Executive Chairman of NextEra Energy, Inc. was one of the CEOs in attendance.