Entergy companies receive restaurant’s first-ever Vendor of
the Year award
Baton Rouge, La. – Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana,
L.L.C. earned Piccadilly Restaurant’s first-ever Vendor of the Year award on
Wednesday in recognition of the work the two utility companies did to restore
power across Louisiana following hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
”We are honored to receive this recognition from Piccadilly,” said Ed Melendreras,
vice president of sales and marketing. “Our goal after any outage, large or
small, is to get the lights back on for our customers as quickly and as safely
as possible. It takes the coordinated efforts of our many hard-working
employees, volunteer workers from other states and the dedication of our
partners in the community.”
The Piccadilly “Vendor of the Year” Award honors a company that exemplifies
outstanding commitment and service to its customers and the community. Entergy
was chosen for this award because it went above and beyond the call of duty to
ensure that power was restored to its customers quickly and safely.
“Piccadilly is proud to recognize Entergy’s relief efforts following
hurricanes Gustav and Ike earlier this year,” said Tom Sandeman, chief financial
officer of Piccadilly. “By tracking and communicating changes in storm paths to
our management team, Entergy made it possible for us to coordinate efforts with
disaster recovery agencies, allowing Piccadilly to serve over 260,000 meals to
evacuees during and after these storms.”
Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana had more than 721,000
customers lose power after Gustav and another 116,000 lose power as a result of
Ike. Entergy’s utility companies set a record for the fastest and safest storm
restoration effort in the company’s history after Gustav made landfall Sept. 1.
Crews restored power to 85 percent of customers within eight days. By
comparison, it took 13 days to reach that level for Hurricane Rita and 16 days
following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
In Louisiana, Gustav had a more severe impact on customers than either
Katrina or Rita due to sustained wind levels. From an equipment standpoint,
Gustav alone damaged more than 10,000 utility poles and 4,000 transformers. The
storm also knocked out a total of 217 transmission lines and 273 substations
throughout the state.
Entergy had a team of 14,000 restoration workers striving to restore power
after Gustav. Restoration workers from 133 other utility companies from 34
states, the District of Columbia and Canada were brought in to aid renovations.
“One of Piccadilly’s core beliefs is that our success comes from the service
we give,” Sandeman added. “We believe Entergy’s actions during hurricanes Gustav
and Ike embody that core belief. They did the right thing thousands of times
during those two storms and Piccadilly will be forever grateful.”
Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies serve more than one million customers
through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States
Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in southern, central and northeastern
Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy Corporation’s electric system
serving 2.7 million customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
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