Vermont s largest electric company has won the industry s highest honor for storm recovery for the second time.CVPS President Bob Young today was presented the Edison Electric Institute s 2008 Emergency Recovery Award for the company s response to an historic ice storm in December. The company s preemptive planning led to the restoration of service to more than 70 percent of affected customers after just one day, and complete restoration within a week. CVPS is the smallest company to ever receive the honor which it won for the second straight year. This is a tribute to the selflessness of our employees, the quality of our planning and the urgency of our response, Young said. After we won the award for our response to the 2007 Nor icane, we never expected to face such devastation again, but December s ice storm brought tremendous challenges. Employees single-minded focus on our customers turned what could have been one of our darkest hours into one of our finest, Young said. Many employees lives were relegated to working, sleeping and eating throughout our recovery and then many of them volunteered to go to New Hampshire to help out there. We are blessed to have some of the finest workers in the industry.The ice storm wreaked unprecedented damage in southern and eastern Vermont, knocking down thousands of trees and power lines, along with cell service and radio communications. CVPS marshaled all of its resources and brought in contractors and mutual aid from Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Ontario, Canada.CVPS, which has 95 line workers, nearly tripled the number of line crews, bringing in 170 outside line workers, 150 tree workers and 75 other outside workers. It required a massive logistics effort to supply, feed, supervise, organize and house them. Hundreds of other CVPS employees provided support.John teRiele, CVPS s director of transmission and distribution, praised other utilities and state and local officials for their assistance, which he called invaluable. Everyone we asked for help provided it, he said. Vermont Electric Cooperative was particularly helpful, sending some of their crews, procuring staff from northern municipal utilities that were unaffected, and covering for them with skeleton crews left behind.Scott Massie, who manages CVPS s central scheduling office, said the restoration effort, though complex and difficult, was made easier by an outpouring of support from customers. The amount of damage and the rural nature of the hardest-hit areas were daunting, Massie said. But customers, through calls, letters and personal support, reminded us why we do what we do for a living.Dave Miller, operations supervisor for CVPS s Brattleboro District, which includes the rural towns of Readsboro, Marlboro, Dover and surrounding towns which were among the hardest hit welcomed the storm award, but hopes its CVPS s last. I m proud of how we responded, but I hope I never see such devastation again, Miller said. It is really no surprise that CVPS earned accolades from the Edison Electric Institute for a second year in a row. With its exemplary storm response and safety record, Vermont s largest electric utility has long been the envy of the industry, said International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 300 Business Manager Jeffrey Wimette. Our union is very proud to have 216 members working for CVPS. This award is a wonderful example of labor and management cooperatively fostering a workforce that takes customer service and the success of the company very seriously.The EEI Emergency Recovery Award is presented annually. Winners are selected based on the ability to respond swiftly and efficiently, overcome difficult circumstances, utilize unique or innovative techniques, communicate effectively with customers, and restore service promptly. A panel of judges selected CVPS following an international nomination process.Final statistics from the December storm include:CVPS s repair costs totaled an estimated $5.1 million, a CVPS record, surpassing the 2007 nor icane.49,100 customers were affected.42.7 percent of CVPS customers lost service in the Royalton District, 62.7 percent in the Brattleboro District and 70 percent in the Springfield District.60 of 105 distribution feeders were affected.120 poles were broken.Employees and contractors worked an estimated 75,000 man-hours to restore service.
LIVE TV Written By Associated Press Television News By the time Tiger Woods made the turn Thursday, the sun had come out at Harding Park and the pandemic gaiter that hung around his neck on his front nine was now in the bag.A par save on the previous hole had Woods feeling good about his new putter, and his back was feeling good, too. Better yet, he wasn’t spending a lot of time hacking shots out of the deep, wet rough.Yes, it was quiet, way quieter than any of the 78 previous major championships Woods had ever played in. But it turns out the greatest player of his time can play without crowds too.And with Woods in contention after an opening round 68, the strangest PGA Championship ever suddenly doesn’t seem so strange after all.Not to the fans cheering Woods on at home. More importantly, perhaps, not to Woods himself.“It’s just different,’’ Woods said. “That’s probably the only way to say it; this is what we’re going to have to get used to in the near future and for probably for a while.’’On what looked like a fine San Francisco summer day, Woods put together the kind of opening round that would normally have thousands shouting his name as he moved from tee to green. He made five birdies against three bogeys and was never in danger of making a number that might shoot him out of the tournament before it hardly even began.He beat the other two guys in his threesome, not a bad accomplishment considering one is a former No. 1 player in the world and the other is the current No. 1. The only surprise for Woods when his day was done was the number of players off early who had gone even lower.Still, Woods was just three shots off the early pace as he resumed his chase — delayed by a pandemic — for his first win since his historic Masters victory last year. He’s looking — and feeling — comfortable in an area where he has played some of his best golf.The record he wants most — 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus — is still in play, at least for another day.“I felt like I kept the round going most of the day,’’ Woods said. “I let a couple go here and there but, for the better part of the day, it was a very solid round.’’Just what Woods expected in only his second competitive tournament since the pandemic began is hard to say. He talked about playing decently at the Memorial last month and practicing well at home in Florida but it’s the majors that ultimately test just where his game is.Pretty good, it seems, even if his 2-under score came in conditions that weren’t quite as treacherous as they will be as the week goes on.“It was there for the taking today,’’ said playing partner Rory McIlroy, who shot even par.If it’s at all possible, Woods came into the PGA a little bit under the radar. Oddsmakers had faded his chances and there were other compelling story lines with new No. 1 Justin Thomas, huge hitting Bryson DeChambeau and, of course, Brooks Koepka going for a third straight Wanamaker trophy.But Woods can still win majors, as he showed at the Masters by breaking an 11-year drought in golf’s biggest tournaments. That brought him to 15 major titles, and seemed to rekindle the fire to chase the record held by Nicklaus and establish himself as arguably the greatest golfer of all time.At the age of 44 , though, he’s running out of time, especially with a fused back that prompted him to go to a slightly longer putter this week. Older players have had success — and plenty of it — but history shows that winning majors gets tougher the older a golfer gets.Only six players older than Woods have won majors, and none more than one after getting to that age. Woods needs three to catch Nicklaus and, unlike during his prime when he was winning them by the handful, he’s competing now against players who are younger, stronger and don’t seem to suffer a lot of nerves.Still, it was the kind of day that had to give Woods hope that his is not an impossible goal. And his 68 was a better opening round score than he posted in eight of his 15 major wins.That Woods wasn’t looking too far into the future after signing his scorecard was predictable. He understands more than anyone that patience is the key on tough golf courses in difficult conditions and this PGA will demand just that before it is over.But the start was about as good as Woods could hope for. He drove the ball well, managed his game well, and made putts when he needed them most.And if Woods wasn’t exactly celebrating, a lot of his fans watching at home surely were.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 7th August, 2020 06:52 IST Column: Tiger Positions Himself For A Major Chase At PGA By the time Tiger Woods made the turn Thursday, the sun had come out at Harding Park and the pandemic gaiter that hung around his neck on his front nine was now in the bag COMMENT FOLLOW US First Published: 7th August, 2020 06:52 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE