The City of Independence Power and Light department (IPL) has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2018. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA), 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.
“This recognition demonstrates public power’s exceptional reliability,” APPA Senior Vice President of Engineering Services Michael Hyland said.
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.
“We are proud to receive this recognition,” IPL General Manager Brenda Hampton said. “It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff to ensure that the lights stay on for all our customers.”
IPL had a system average interruption duration index of 43.992 minutes compared to the APPA average of 202.449 minutes. The short durations of outages combined with a low probability of experiencing an outage means that IPL’s service was available 99.9916 percent of the time.