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Waverly Utilities Receives Four National Awards

posted on Monday, May 6, 2024 in Company News

WAVERLY, Iowa – Waverly Utilities (WU) has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability and safety in 2023. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA), a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

The American Public Power Association honored WU with a Certificate of Excellence in Reliability, as shown by comparing WU’s outage records against nationwide data gathered by the Energy Information Administration. WU is in the top 25% of public power utilities for System Average Interruption Duration Index, one of only seven in Iowa to earn this certificate.

Waverly Utilities also earned the APPA’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2023. The utility earned the top teer diamond category for utilities with 30,000-59,000 worker-hours of annual worker exposure.

The third award comes from The Arbor Day Foundation naming Waverly Utilities a 2024 Tree Line USA® city in honor of its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care in the provider’s service area.

Waverly Utilities achieved the Tree Line USA recognition by meeting five program standards. Utilities must follow industry standards for quality tree care; provide annual worker training in best tree care practices; sponsor a tree planting and public education program; maintain a tree-based energy conservation program; and participate in an Arbor Day celebration.

Waverly Utilities is among utilities nationwide to earn the APPA’s “Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)” designation and holds the gold level.  The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that provide customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. 

The RP3 designation recognized WU for proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

 Jarred JuhlJourney Lineman Jarred Juhl with the Certificate of Excellence in Reliability award.

Amber StephensCustomer Relations Supervisor, Amber Stephens, with the Tree Line USA award. 

Levi GulickWU Safety Committee Chair, Levi Gulick, represents the Safety Award of Excellence.

Matt KittlesonMatt Kittleson, Journey Lineman, with the RP3 award.