American Public Power Association Honors LES & NPPD

By Paul Ciampoli, News Editor, Public Power Daily, APPA

Nebraska’s Lincoln Electric System has received the 2017 Award of Continued Excellence from the American Public Power Association’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments program. The award recognizes continued commitment to the DEED program and its ideals, including support of research, development and demonstration, improving efficiency, renewable resources and support of public power. “As a utility, LES embodies excellence in many ways,” said Association President and CEO Sue Kelly. “When it comes to R&D and participation in DEED, there’s no question that LES is blazing a path of innovation that other public power utilities can follow. Click here to read more.

Photo: The award was presented during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in San Antonio, Texas on May 8th. Left to right: Diane Bell, DEED Board Chair; Sue Kelly, APPA CEO & President, Jason Smith of LES and Michele Suddleson, DEED Program Director

National industry organization recognizes NPPD for customer service
NPPD News Release

Columbus, Neb. –  On May 8, the American Public Power Association recognized Nebraska Public Power District for its reliable and safe electric service to customers and designated the statewide utility as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)®. The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. There are more than 2,000 community owned electric utilities in the United States, yet only approximately 220 public power utilities hold the RP3 designation.

NPPD serves more than 91,000 Nebraskans in 80 different communities across the state. Recent initiatives by NPPD’s retail division include community solar projects in Scottsbluff, Venango and Kearney, and LED street lighting upgrades in Plattsmouth and Aurora. The utility has also not had an electric rate increase for retail customers in four years.

Read the entire release here.

Photo: Kearney’s 5.8-megawatt solar project under construction. When completed, it will be Nebraska’s largest solar energy array.