Silicon Valley Power has been designated a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) by 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, a planning analyst at ‎Holland Board of Public Works and chair of the Energy Services Committee, presented the designations on 29 October during the Association’s annual Customer Connections Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The SEP designation, which lasts for two years (1 December 2019 to 30 November 2021), recognises public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines:

  • smart energy programme structure;
  • energy efficiency and distributed energy programmes;
  • environmental and sustainability initiatives; and
  • the customer experience.

This is the first year the Association has offered the SEP designation. Silicon Valley Power joins more than 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 programmes and services,” said Van Dokkumburg. “These utilities are going beyond ‘keeping the lights on,’ and their communities should be proud.”

“Being recognised as a smart energy provider for promoting our community’s smart energy use is an honour,” said Manuel Pineda, chief electric utility officer of Silicon Valley Power.

“We are proud to maintain a world-class, customer-focused utility as we power preeminent and environmentally-conscious corporate customers and our community. This recognition inspires us to keep striving to see what is possible while promoting innovation and responsible energy use.”