The Cuyahoga Falls Electric System (CFES) has earned the 2014 Award of Continued Excellence from the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Demonstration of Energy & 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 & Operations Technical Conference, held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, April 7-9, 2014.
“For 15 years, Cuyahoga Falls has been active in APPA’s DEED program,” said APPA President & 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.”
APPA is the Washington, D.C.-based service organization representing the nation’s more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities. The DEED program was created in 1980 and is the only research and development effort funded nationally by and for public power systems. It has funded more than $12 million in energy projects since it was created. For further information about APPA and DEED: www.PublicPower.org/DEED.