The Edison Electric Institute or EEI– the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies – has named Alliant Energy and ITC Midwest as recipients of their Emergency Response Award for working collaboratively to restore electricity following the August 10th derecho. With an estimated $11 billion in damage, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has categorized the derecho as the second costliest weather disaster of 2020 and the most-costly thunderstorm in U.S. history. The unprecedented storm severely impacted Alliant and ITC service territories in Iowa, causing major property destruction and widespread power outages. In all, more than 256,000 Alliant Energy customers in 341 communities were initially without power.
Within eight days following the storm, ITC Midwest had restored transmission service to the distribution utilities it serves, while Alliant had restored electric service to approximately 90 percent of its customers. By August 26th, all Alliant customers once again had power available.