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Posted on: June 18, 2018

Edmond Electric Receives Electric Reliability Award from Trade Association

Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) announces that Edmond Electric, the City of Edmond’s electric department, is recognized for First Place in the association’s annual Electric Operations and Reliability Competition.  The utility was recognized in the category for cities over 10,000 population and cited for achieving the highest reported level of service reliability for cities within Oklahoma.


The utility was recognized for having an Average System Availability Index of 99.9919 percent in 2017.  Edmond Electric employees meet the requirements of their work with professionalism and safety due to employer efforts.  These efforts include four years of rigorous field experience and testing for each line worker before he achieves journey lineworker status. 


MESO General Manager Tom Rider presented the award to the Edmond Electric.


In presenting the award, Rider said that the trade association valued the continued participation of the various utilities in the region in the annual reliability competition.  “It’s important, we believe, for cities to maintain accurate records to measure their reliability and productivity.   Through ongoing review of operations of cities in the four-state region, we find over time which systems have continuous excellence in construction standards and distribution automation.  Edmond Electric not only has taken many steps to maintain reliability but continues to invest in system improvement.”


“The current operational standards and employee training standards of this utility are superior.  This training and development of staff and increased funding for reliability resulted in the continued excellent performance of the utility.  Local control means local crews.  That means fast response.  And fast response means less outage time.”


MESO is an electric utility trade association representing cities in Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas.  The association’s member utilities provide non-profit electric services and electric power generation to some 750,000 people in four states.  Edmond Electric purchases its power from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.


To insure fast response to emergencies, Edmond Electric is also a signatory to Mutual Aid Agreements in the region.  These agreements are recognized by FEMA for use in the event of emergency or natural disaster.  Utilities in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma agree through the program on the conditions under which assistance may be received in an emergency ahead of the event so there are no delays in responding to the needs of another utility.