Norwich Public Utilities receives award for energy efficiency

Norwich — Norwich Public Utilities has earned a Smart Energy Provider designation from 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.

“We’re honored to be recognized for our efforts to support our community’s responsible energy use,” NPU General Manager Chris LaRose said in a press release. “We are proud of the programs we offer that help our customers save money and reduce our collective footprint in the environment. It’s encouraging to be recognized as a best-of-class utility when it comes to smart energy.”

The designation, which lasts for two years, recognizes utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience.

This is the first year the association has offered the Smart Energy Provider designation. NPU joins more than 60 public power utilities nationwide that received the inaugural SEP designation.

Chris Van Dokkumburg, chairman of the Energy Services Committee, presented the designations during a recent APPA meeting.

“This designation highlights utilities that are really stepping up to deliver their customers top-notch programs and services,” Van Dokkumburg said in the press release. “These utilities are going beyond ‘keeping the lights on,’ and their communities should be proud."

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