Tacoma Power has earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association for demonstrating commitment to and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost, quality, safe, and reliable electric service.
Chris Van Dokkumburg, Planning Analyst at Holland Board of Public Works and Chair of the Energy Services Committee, presented the designations during the Association’s 2019 Customer Connections Conference.
“This designation highlights utilities that are really stepping up to deliver their customers top-notch programs and services,” said Van Dokkumburg. “These utilities are going beyond ‘keeping the lights on,’ and their communities should be proud.”
The SEP designation, which lasts for two years (December 1st, 2019 to November 30th, 2021) recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience.
“We’re honored to be recognized for our efforts to support our community’s responsible energy use,” said Clay Norris, power manager for Tacoma Power. “We take a lot of pride in the programs we offer that help our customers save money and reduce our collective footprint on the environment. It’s encouraging to be recognized as a best-of-breed utility when it comes to smart energy.”
This is the first year the Association has offered the SEP designation. Tacoma Power joins more than 60 public power utilities nationwide that received the inaugural SEP designation.
Pictured: (left to right) Chris Van Dokkumburg, Holland Board of Public Works, Steve Hatcher, Customer Services manager, Tacoma Public Utilities, Alex Hofmann, Director of Energy and Environmental Services, APPA.