PIQUA — The city of Piqua’s municipally-owned electric utility has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2015. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA), a trade group in Washington, D.C. that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities such as the Piqua Power System.
“This honor recognizes utilities that are statistically thriving when it comes to reliability,” said APPA Senior Vice President, Engineering Services Michael Hyland.
APPA took Piqua’s reliability data compiled through its eReliability Tracker Service and compare it to the top quartile of system outage duration from the national reliability data collected by the Energy Information Administration, an independent agency that collects, analyzes, and disseminates national energy data.
“Our employees are committed to providing Piqua electric customers with the highest level of service reliability,” Piqua Power System Director Ed Krieger said. “We have actively tracked reliability data for the past twelve years, during that time period we have reducsed power outages by 50 percent through proactive, targeted reliability improvement initiatives. This latest recognition by APPA testifies to the effectiveness of our efforts.
Piqua Power System customer experienced another record-breaking year of electric reliability performance in 2015. Over the past year, less than one in three Piqua electric customers experienced a sustained power outage. Average restoration time for those customers experiencing a power outage was less than 60 minutes. These performance levels place the Piqua Power System as one of the most reliable electric utlities in the county.