City’s electrical services receive national recognition for their reliability

City electrical service technicians work to repair a 2019 power outage caused by a tired motorist who crashed into a utility pole. (Town of Gillette)

GILLETTE, Wyo.—The City of Gillette on Monday announced national recognition of its electrical services division by a national electrical association that commended them for outstanding electrical 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 a statement from April 18 press from the City of Gillette.

Data collected on power outages and restoration is compared once a year to national statistics that would be tracked by the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), according to the release.

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

On average, power outages in the city of Gillette last about 1.6 minutes per year, compared to a national average of 136 minutes per year, according to the release.

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

Mara W. Anderson