ALP Utilities has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2018. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association, a trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.
The Association helps members track power outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.
ALP received this recognition for its outstanding SAIDI (System Average Interruption Duration Index) numbers. SAIDI tracks the average power interruption customers experience during a 12-month period. In 2018, ALP customers experienced approximately 6 minutes of outage time as compared to the regional utility average of 135 minutes.
“This recognition demonstrates public power’s exceptional reliability,” said the Association’s Senior Vice President of Engineering Services Michael Hyland.
Community-owned electric utilities have a strong track record of reliability, said Hyland. Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights out for less than half the time, compared to other types of utilities.
ALP, Operations Manager, Scott Deitz stated, “There were a couple factors that contributed to ALP receiving this recognition. In the initial stages of our long range planning, we put emphasis on identifying and replacing underground lines that were older and less reliable. This paired with our current overhead to underground conversion work, continues to help the reliability of our system.
“We are proud to receive this recognition. It is a testament to the hard work of all ALP staff to ensure that we deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy to all our customers,” said Ted Cash, General Manager at ALP Utilities.
ALP serves a 35 square mile area with approximately 10,000 electric meters. Since overhead to underground conversion began in 2013, there has been 64 miles of cable converted. Currently the system has 60 miles of overhead cable and 218 miles of underground cable.