City of Negaunee Electrical Department Recognized as a Smart Energy Provider

Negaunee, MI, — The City of Negaunee Electrical Department has earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association for demonstrating commitment to and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost, quality, safe, and reliable electric service. Josh Mitchell, residential energy advisor at Chelan County PUD in Wenatchee, Washington, and chair of the Energy Services Committee, presented the designations on October 28 during the Association’s annual Customer Connections Virtual Conference.

The SEP designation, which lasts for two years (December 1, 2020 to November 30, 2022) recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience. The Negaunee Electrical Department joins more than 85 public power utilities nationwide that hold the SEP designation.

The designation recognizes community-owned, not-for-profit public power utilities that exhibit leading practices in:

  • Smart Energy Information:


Structuring a smart energy program into their operations; engaging in research and development

in areas including energy efficiency, sustainability, and distributed energy resources; and

benchmarking these programs against utilities with similar attributes.


  • Energy Efficiency and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs):

Offering a variety of energy efficiency and DER programs — such as supply-side and demand-side energy efficiency programs, demand response, and distributed generation and storage — to different types of customers.

  • Environmental and Sustainability Programs/Initiatives:

Working to reduce emissions and other adverse impacts to the environment through programs and partnerships with other community stakeholders. This includes tracking and evaluating emissions and emission savings from smart energy programs.

  • Communication/Education and Customer Experience: Communicating with customers about smart energy policies, procedures, and programs and evaluating customer satisfaction with smart energy programs. This includes training customer service representatives to enhance the customer experience with these programs.

“This designation highlights utilities that are constantly striving to deliver their customers top-notch programs and energy services,” said Mitchell. “These utilities are going beyond ‘keeping the lights on,’ and their communities should be proud.”

“We’re honored to be recognized for our efforts to support our community’s responsible energy use. Our electrical crew takes a lot of pride in the programs we offer that help our customers save money and reduce our collective footprint on the environment, we could not have achieved this recognition without them. It’s encouraging to be recognized as a best-of-breed utility when it comes to smart energy, said Nate Heffron, City Manager.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manager, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11, or Brett Niemi, Senior Energy Services Manager WPPI, 906.284.2298.