Earning recognition as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) demonstrates many things about your utility. An RP3 designation signifies leadership in reliability, safety, work force development, and system improvement. It shows your commitment to keeping the lights on for your customers, and it’s no easy feat – the RP3 application process is rigorous and takes months to complete. An RP3 designation can also indicate good financial health.Read More
Public power utilities aren’t only concerned with protecting the electric grid from cyber attacks, they’re also busy countering a far more pernicious foe: the squirrel!
Squirrels are among the top causes of power outages across the U.S.
Public power utilities generally pay less than investor owned electric utilities. Public power utilities need to pay at least the average of what the rest of the public power pays. Electric utility general managers have nationally transferable skill sets and could easily be lured away by others offering more competitive compensation. Looking at more than 100 public power utilities, the American Public Power Association built a model that can be used to benchmark the lower bound of GM pay — see how your utility lines up.Read More
On May 12, OSHA released its final rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. This final rule becomes effective on August 10, 2016 — so start preparing now. Utilities may need to make changes to long-standing practices around post-accident drug testing and safety incentives. Only discipline employees when they break a “legitimate” workplace safety or health rule.Read More
According to APPA’s eReliability Tracker, one of the top causes of sustained outages for subscribers in 2013 and 2014 was the squirrel. Fortunately, the APPA Reliability Team has been tracking squirrels and their menacing habits to help utilities in the fight against squirrel-related outages.Read More
Many public power communities have strongly committed to energy resources that are more sustainable and sensitive to the environment. And some have invested in pilot programs that explore the idea of “net zero” buildings — that produce as much or more energy than they consume on a net basis over the course of a year.Read More
A comprehensive energy efficiency program is probably a utility’s cleanest and lowest cost route to meeting the growing demand for electricity. To be good stewards of customer funds, public power utilities seek out the energy efficiency “sweet spot,” where customer comfort is balanced with the system benefits of energy efficiency programs.Read More
It’s not rocket science to figure out what customers want from their electric utilities — reliable power supply, reasonable prices and good customer service. The more efficiently a utility operates, the more likely it is to keep the lights on and customers happy.Read More