This GRDA recognition comes roughly a year after GRDA also received the “Clarence Fulkerson Electric System Achievement Award” from the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO).

PRYOR – The Grand River Dam Authority’s role as a reliable electricity supplier is garnering national recognition.

On Wednesday, March 20, the American Public Power Association (APPA, publicpower.org) recognized GRDA for achieving “exceptional electricity reliability during 2017.”

That recognition came after APPA compiled GRDA’s reliability data and system outage data through its eTracker Reliability Service, and compared it similar data for other utilities, as collected by the Energy Information Administration. According to those numbers, GRDA’s System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) for distribution level electric service was only 19 minutes, compared to an industry average of 129 minutes. In simple terms, that means during 2017 the length of any GRDA electrical outages for its distribution customers (the industries of the MidAmerica Industrial Park) were 110 minutes shorter than the national average for outages.

“This recognition helps demonstrate public power’s commitment to reliable electric service,” said the APPA Senior Vice President of Engineering Services, Michael Hyland.

GRDA President/Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan echoed Hyland’s comments, adding that both efficiency and reliability continue to be at the very core of GRDA’s mission.

“We are proud to receive this recognition,” said Sullivan. “It is a testament to the hard work our employees do every day to ensure that the lights stay on for our customers. Most of all, it helps us keep our reliability promise to our customers.”

Reliability is important to GRDA customers all across its service area, including Oklahoma municipalities, electric cooperatives and the industries of the MidAmerica Industrial Park.

“We appreciate GRDA’s continued commitment to reliability and responsiveness to the many companies at MidAmerica. This recognition is certainly well deserved,” said MidAmerica Industrial Park Chief Administrative Officer David Stewart.

This GRDA recognition comes roughly a year after GRDA also received the “Clarence Fulkerson Electric System Achievement Award” from the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO). GRDA also garnered that recognition based on the reliability of its systems, as well as its ongoing system enhancements and innovated efforts to improve municipal electric power in Oklahoma.

“Our goal is to always be the most reliable power supplier possible for all our customers,” said Sullivan. “Through proper planning and efficient operations our dedicated workforce is achieving that goal.”

APPA is the national trade group that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility, funded by revenues from electric and water sales.