Westerville Electric Recognized
The City of Westerville Electric Division (WED) has been honored for its achievements and excellence in the industry over the past year by American Municipal Power (AMP) and the Ohio Municipal Electric Association (OMEA.) During the 2019 AMP/OMEA Conference, WED received three awards along with an honorable mention and commendation.
WED was recognized with the AMP Innovation Award for the Nest Rush Hour Rewards Program. When residents enroll in this program, Nest is able to make minor, short-term adjustments remotely to their homes' temperature settings during the summer months. These changes are intended to reduce power usage during peak consumption times, which can keep help future electric rates low for the entire City.
In recognition of the PowerUp Commercial EVSE Rebate Program, WED received the AMP System Sustainability Award. This initiative aims to expand public EV charging infrastructure through a rebate program that is available to electric business customers who install qualified, network-connected electric vehicle charging stations.
The Division won the AMP Public Power Promotion Award for its video, “The People Behind the Power.” The City created the video to educate the community about public power and the Westerville Electric Division. The production was released on Lineworkers Appreciation Day in spring 2019.
WED took home an AMP System Improvement Honorable Mention for its Circuit 41 System Improvement Project. A heavily tree-lined circuit was upgraded with a new special cable, resulting in increased reliability and a reduction of outages in that specific area of the City.
AMP also awarded the Westerville Electric Division a Safety Commendation in the Transmission and Distribution category for less than one percent time lost due to reportable accidents or injuries.
The annual AMP/OMEA Conference was held in Columbus Sept. 23-25. More than 375 municipal officials and industry representatives attended along with speakers from national organizations.