Snohomish County PUD Senior Executive Account Manager Chuck Peterson accepts the APPA’s Smart Energy Provider award in New Orleans, La., last week.
EVERETT, Wash. – Snohomish County PUD recently earned the Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for demonstrating commitment and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost quality, safe and reliable electric service.
“We take a lot of pride in the work our Energy Services teams perform developing programs to meet our customers’ needs,” said Pam Baley, PUD’s AGM of Customer and Energy Services. “It’s encouraging to be recognized as a best-of-breed utility when it comes to helping them save money and reduce our collective footprint in the environment.”
The SEP designation, which lasts two years, is given to public power utilities that demonstrate leadership in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and customer experience.
Utilities are rated on a scale of 100 points. The PUD earned 84 points, scoring high on offering distributed generation programs like community solar, working to support environmental sustainability programs like Carbon Solutions and providing customers with robust conservation programs.
This is the first year APPA has offered the SEP designation, and Snohomish PUD joins more than 60 public power utilities nationwide to be recognized. The PUD, Tacoma Power, Clark Public Utilities and Mason County PUD were the Washington utility recipients.
“This designation highlights utilities that are really stepping up to deliver their customers top-notch programs and services,” said Chris Van Dokkumburg, who presented the awards at last week’s APPA Customer Connections Conference in New Orleans, La. “These utilities are going beyond ‘keeping the lights on,’ and their communities should be proud.”