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Ten Missouri municipal utilities recognized by APPA for high reliability

Tuesday, April 3, 2018  
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The American Public Power Association has recognized ten Missouri municipal utilities with a “Certificate of Excellence” for reliable performance, as shown by comparing their outage records against nationwide data gathered by the Energy Information Administration.


The ten Missouri utilities recognized include those for the cities of Chillicothe, Columbia, Hannibal, Harrisonville, Higginsville, Jackson, Lebanon, Marshall, Rolla and Trenton. The electric utilities were among 128 public power utilities nationwide that earned the recognition from APPA.


These utilities tracked their reliability data using APPA’s web-based subscription service, called eReliability Tracker, that lets utilities collect, categorize and summarize their outage information. Cities in the Missouri Public Power Pool (MoPEP) are encouraged to subscribe to the eReliability Tracker to track their outage information. The service is currently used by 16 MoPEP members.


For this APPA “Certificate of Excellence” recognition, subscribing utilities use the eReliability Tracker Service to store their outage and restoration data and run reports throughout the year. At the end of the year, the Association benchmarks their data against national statistics from the Energy Information Administration, or EIA, a branch of the Department of Energy.


Utilities that place in the top quartile of reliability nationwide, as measured against the EIA's data on System Average Interruption Duration Index, or SAIDI, receive the Certificate of excellence. The EIA information comes from the agency's annual surveys of electric power utilities via EIA Form 861.


Public power utilities have a long history of providing reliable electric service, noted Michael Hyland, the Association's senior vice president of Engineering Services. “The certificates of excellence are a great way to highlight public power's dedication to reliability,” he said.


APPA also currently recognizes 14 members of MPUA for their reliability in addition to safety, workforce development and system improvement, with the APPA Reliable Public Power Program (RP3).

More information on the eReliability Tracker program is available on MPUA’s Technical Services webpage and at APPA’s Reliability Tracking webpage.


Parts of this article derived from APPA Public Power Daily, March 28, 2018 -
Association recognizes public power utilities for reliability performance


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