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Falls electric system receives national award

5/15/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of the city of Cuyahoga Falls
CUYAHOGA FALLS — The city of Cuyahoga Falls Electric System (CFES) has earned the 2014 Award of Continued Excellence from the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Developments (DEED) program.

The award recognizes continued commitment to the DEED program and its ideals, including support of research, development and demonstration, improving efficiency, renewable resources and support of public power. The award was presented during APPA’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Oklahoma City earlier this month.

Pictured above, from left, are: Michael Dougherty, electric superintendent, CFES; and Philip Lim, manager, electric substation engineering and operations, Memphis Light, Gas, and Water and DEED board chairman.

“For 15 years, Cuyahoga Falls has been active in APPA’s DEED program,” said APPA President and CEO Sue Kelly. “It has worked diligently to develop programs to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency, and it has been quick to share results with other public power utilities.”

CFES earned a 2004 DEED Energy Innovator Award for its Building Energy Efficiency Leadership in a New Energy Era program, which promoted energy efficiency, renewable energy and conservation in the community. It also facilitated a 2008 DEED scholarship for photovoltaic research, and in 2013 was awarded a $50,000 DEED grant to improve its system’s reliability by way of feeder automation.

“The city of Cuyahoga Falls is committed to excellence in the performance and delivery of the highest quality public utility services for the entire community,” said Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters. “Ongoing development and implementation of the most advanced, cost-effective energy and energy efficiency initiatives in collaboration with our Public Power partners throughout the country will support true economic and environmental sustainability, now and for our future generations.”

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