Columbus, Neb. - Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) was recognized with the Energy Innovator Award from the American Public Power Association at the Association’s national conference held in Austin, Texas. NPPD was one of nine public power utilities recognized for service to APPA and the public power industry during the conference.
This award recognizes utility programs that have demonstrated advances in the development or application of creative, energy-efficient techniques or technologies, provide better service to electric customers or projects that increase the efficiency of utility operations or resource efficiency. Judging criteria also includes transferability and takes into account project scope in relation to utility size.
“NPPD is extremely honored to be recognized by the American Public Power Association as an Energy Innovator,” said NPPD Senior Energy Educator Chad Johnson, who accepted the award on behalf of the company. “This award is not an education focused award so being selected makes it even more exciting.
“NPPD’s energy education team works hard to serve the students and teachers of Nebraska and to be innovative in the ways we do that. This award validates all of that hard work,” continued Johnson. “Nebraska, and NPPD especially, are starting to gain national attention for our innovative reputation. Our goal for Pathways to a Technical Future program is to help keep that supply of local, technical, and innovative workers flowing from Nebraska communities.”
NPPD implemented the “Pathways to a Technical Future” program to connect the STEM curriculum for students in kindergarten through college allowing them to develop skills required for energy and public power careers. NPPD helped teachers and administrators work with local utilities, businesses, and other community members to integrate Pathways concepts into their systems. Pathways helps to increase understanding of how electricity works, how to use it safely, and how to develop 21st century skills.
The Pathways project is funded by the American Public Power Association’s DEED program and by NPPD’s Domestic Energy Research and Application Initiative.