City electrical services receives national recognition for reliability

City Electrical Services technicians work to fix a power outage in 2019 that was caused by a tired motorist crashing into a power pole. (City of Gillette)

GILLETTE, Wyo.— The City of Gillette on Monday announced the national recognition of its electrical services division by a national power association that praised them for having exceptional electric reliability in 2021.

The recognition came from the American Public Power Association (AAPA), a group that represents thousands of community-owned electric utilities and helps track power outage and restoration data, according to an April 18 press release from the City of Gillette.

Collected power outage and restoration data is compared once a year to national statistics that are reportedly tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), per the release.

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“Once again, public power utilities have demonstrated their commitment to providing highly reliable power to their customers,” Alex Hoffman, APPA technical operations service vice president, said in a statement. “We commend these utilities for their hard work when it comes to keeping the lights on in their communities.”

On average, power outages in the City of Gillette last for approximately 1.6 minutes per year, compared to a national average of 136 minutes per year, per the release.

“We are proud to receive this recognition. It is a testament to the hard work of all our staff to ensure that we keep Gillette powered,” City Electrical Services Superintendent Mick Wolf said in a statement.