Reliability And Safety


CBPU Receives National Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations  

The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities is one of 82 of the nation's more than 2,400 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Paul Allen, vice president, engineering at Nashville, Tenn., Electric Service and chair of APPA's RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on March 21, during the association's annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference, held in Nashville, Tennessee.

The RP3 designation lasts for three years and recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. The CBPU joins more than 250 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.
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“This designation is about more than just reliability. It’s about operational excellence,” said James. “These  utilities and their communities should be proud to represent the best of the best in the areas of reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.”

“This is a great honor,” said Jeff Budd, Director of the CBPU. “We take a lot of pride in our employees and the work they do to power this community. We are very happy to get this recognition for our initiative and hard work.”

The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 13 years now. The Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.

The CBPU electric distribution system source is primarily interconnected through 138 KV transmission lines of which are owned and operated by ITC Transmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC).

CBPU Receives National Recognition for Their Dedication to Workplace Safety

The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2019. The utility earned a 1st place award in the category for utilities with 30,000 to 59,999 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

“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. “The utilities receiving this award have proven that protecting the safety of their employees is a top priority.”

More than 335 utilities entered the annual Safety Awards, which is the highest number of entrants in the history of the program. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker-hours and ranked based on the most incident-free records during 2019. The incidence rate, used to judge entries, is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker-hours during 2019, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“The CBPU is proud of its safety record,” said Jeff Budd, Utility Director of the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities. “It is a part of our daily culture that we incorporate into everything we do. This award is a testament to the hard work that goes into ensuring that our team members go home safe to their families every day.”

The Safety Awards have been held annually for the last 60 years. The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.

Minimizing Service Interruptions

Minimizing interruptions to our customers is of the highest priority for the CBPU. The most common causes of service interruptions in our area are animals, weather, and trees.
As a result, the CBPU manages an extensive equipment maintenance and tree trimming program of which can help prevent the large majority of interruptions.

During the past ten years, the CBPU has proudly reported that customers had electric service provided 99.99% of the time.
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