Columbus, Ohio (09 Oct. 2023) - The City of Coldwater was honored for its achievements throughout the past year during the 2023 American Municipal Power (AMP) Annual Conference. The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (CBPU) received an AMP Public Power Promotion Award, Innovation Award, System Improvement Honorable Mention and a commendation for its participation in AMP’s Mutual Aid Program.
The Public Power Promotion Award recognizes CBPU for Project Engage, a program to enhance the utility’s brand image, foster goodwill within the community and exemplify the benefits of public power. Since the implementation of Project Engage, CBPU has engaged in 22 community events, sponsored over 10 organizations totaling almost $14,000 and shared 26 social media posts focusing on the utility’s community involvement.
The Innovation Award recognizes the utility for the GIS Storm Damage Assessment Toolkit project, which aimed to improve outage management through GIS technology by mapping outage locations, allowing both operational and administrative staff to input data, including notes and images, for efficient damage assessment before line crews arrive. The project significantly enhanced operational efficiency through improved communication between customer service and field teams.
The System Improvement Honorable Mention recognizes CBPU for the HC Starck Dual Recloser Installation project, which involved the commissioning of a dual recloser setup at the H.C. Starck plant. The project improved reliability, reduced downtime to the operations and estimated cost savings of approximately $250,000 due to avoided interruptions to H.C. Starck’s operations.
The utility’s Mutual Aid Commendation is in recognition of mutual aid assistance the CBPU provided to the AMP Member communities of the City of Marshall, and the City of Wapakoneta, as well as the public power community of Orlando, Fla. Mutual aid is one of the most important aspects of AMP membership, as it ensures that assistance is available when it is needed most.
“The importance of mutual aid in our industry cannot be overstated, and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the Members that took part in our response efforts this past year,” said Michelle Palmer, AMP vice president of technical services and compliance.
The AMP Annual Conference took place Sept. 25–27 in Columbus. The organization’s premier event featured presentations and panel discussions by industry experts and speakers from AMP partner organizations.
About the Coldwater Board of Public Utilities (CBPU): As a municipally owned utility provider in the City of Coldwater, Michigan, the CBPU is proud to offer electric, water, wastewater, and telecommunication services. Their mission is to provide safe, reliable, and affordable utility products and services.
About American Municipal Power (AMP): American Municipal Power, Inc., (AMP) is the nonprofit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 133 Members, including 132 municipal Members in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia; as well as the Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, a joint action agency with eight Delaware municipal members. Combined, these public utilities serve approximately 650,000 customers. AMP members receive their power supply from a diversified resource mix that includes wholesale power purchases through AMP and the open market and energy produced at AMP and member-owned generating facilities utilizing fossil fuel, hydroelectric, solar, wind and other renewable resources. For additional information, visit AMP’s website at www.amppartners.org.