Three California Publicly Owned Utilities Bring Home National Awards
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Section: CMUA News

Three California publicly owned utilities were recognized Tuesday, June 11, with prestigious national awards at the 2019 American Public Power Association (APPA) conference in Austin, Texas.

SMUD received the E.F. Scattergood System Achievement Award, which honors sustained achievement and customer service that enhance the prestige of public power systems.

In the recognition, APPA noted that SMUD is the top-rated California utility for customer satisfaction in the JD Power survey and recently helped build more than 100 new all-electric homes in Sacramento. SMUD also has created an online platform where customers can shop for energy efficency products, and has partnered with Uber on an electric vehicle program . SMUD is one of the first utilities to use a LiDAR system to keep tabs on 4,000 miles of distribution power lines. SMUD previously took home the E.F. Scattergood Award in 1992 and 1960.

Anaheim Public Utilities was honored with APPA's Community Service Award. In a period of less than three months, Anaheim Public Utilities and the City of Anaheim partnered with the Salvation Army on emergency construction of a temporary, 224-bed "low barrier" homeless shelter.

City of Palo Alto Utilities was recognized with an Energy Innovator Award for its "Home Efficiency Genie" program. Residenial customers can receive free energy efficiency advice by phone and a subsidized comprehensive home assessment of water and energy efficiency. The program helps household find starting points for energy and water savings.

Also on Tuesday, Alcides Hernandez, SMUD Supervisor -- Pricing, Planning and Performance and Risk, was recognized for being one of 11 individuals across the nation who completed American Public Power Academy's Public Power Manager Certificate Program.

A total of 15 individuals and nine utilities nationwide won APPA awards on Tuesday. See the full list.