COLUMBUS, OH: The City of Hamilton and the Hamilton Department of Infrastructure, an Ohio public power utility serving about 29,400 customers and an American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) Board of Trustees member, received the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) E.F. Scattergood System Achievement Award. The City of Hamilton was presented with the prestigious award on June 14 during the APPA National Conference in Nashville.
The E.F. Scattergood System Achievement Award honors APPA member systems that have enhanced the prestige of public power utilities through sustained achievement and customer service.
The City of Hamilton has owned and operated its electric utility system since 1893. In 2017, Hamilton's Utilities and Public Works departments merged, forming the Department of Infrastructure. The department launched a Substation Modernization Project that has resulted in even greater reliability for customers of the city's electric system. As part of this effort, the city is trading out older electromechanical relays for higher-speed, secure replacements that feature advanced fault detection and comprehensive control functions. Last year, Hamilton commissioned a $12 million substation in one of its industrial parks. The substation was successfully built to serve the growing needs of new and existing customers.
Hamilton's electric system boasts exceptionally reliable service, earning an APPA Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider designation in 2020 (a three-year designation). The city has also participated in APPA's eReliability Tracker program to help with measuring outage data, earning the Certificate of Excellence in Reliability in 2020.
“The City of Hamilton does an outstanding job in providing safe, reliable and innovative service to its customers while also giving back to their community,” said Jolene Thompson, AMP President/CEO. “Their continual drive toward excellence and innovation serves as a role model for other public power utilities and they are very deserving of this prestigious award.”
The APPA is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 49 million Americans.
View the official APPA news release here.