April 22, 2020

WPPI Energy Members Earn National Recognition for Safety and Reliability

Member Utilities

Over one-third of WPPI Energy’s member utilities earned recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA) on April 20, 2020. These locally owned, not-for-profit utilities all received the Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2019:

  • Brodhead Water & Light
  • City Utilities of Richland Center
  • Columbus Water & Light
  • Evansville Water and Light
  • Independence Light & Power
  • Kaukauna Utilities
  • Lodi Utilities
  • Menasha Utilities
  • Muscoda Utilities
  • New Holstein Utilities
  • Prairie du Sac Utilities
  • Reedsburg Utility Commission
  • River Falls Municipal Utilities
  • Stoughton Utilities
  • Sturgeon Bay Utilities
  • Two Rivers Water & Light
  • Waunakee Utilities
  • Waupun Utilities

“Strong safety programs are essential to ensuring that electric utility employees are informed and trained on safe work procedures,” said Brandon Wylie, Chair of the Association’s Safety Committee and Director of Training & Safety at Electric Cities of Georgia. “These utilities have proven that protecting the safety of their employees is a top priority.”

Additionally, Kaukauna Utilities and Menasha Utilities also earned the APPA’s RP3  designation. The designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.

“Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor and demonstrates a utility’s commitment to implementing industry best practices in utility operations,” says Aaron Haderle, Chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel and Manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations at ‎Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida. “RP3 utilities are consistently looking to improve their workforce, system reliability, and safety to serve their communities better.”

WPPI Energy’s members live and work in the communities they serve. The risks of working with electricity require stringent safety practices, because ensuring that utility employees get home safely to their families is everyone’s top priority.