Holyoke Gas & Electric (HG&E) 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, in Michigan presented the designations on October 29 during the Association's annual Customer Connections Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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. This is the first year the Association has offered the SEP designation. HG&E joins a pioneering group of 60 public power utilities nationwide that received the inaugural SEP designation.
“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.”
“We're honored to be recognized for our efforts to support our community's responsible energy use,” said James Lavelle, Manager of HG&E. “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 an honor to be recognized as a leader in smart energy from the American Public Power Association.”
In addition to SEP, HG&E received several awards and designations this yearr, including:
- Reliable Public Power Provider from the American Public Power Association
- Certificate of Excellence in Reliability from the American Public Power Association
- Smart Electric Power Alliance ranked HG&E third nationally in energy storage per capita
- The Ira W. Leighton, Jr. Outstanding Innovative Technology Award from Environmental Business Council of New England for Mount Tom Solar & Energy Storage System
- Energy Manager Today Project of the Year for Mount Tom Solar & Energy Storage System
- Safety Achievement Award from the American Gas Association