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Oklahoma Municipal Alliance (OMA) recognized Edmond Electric for its Outstanding Achievement in the association’s annual Electric Safety Competition in Oklahoma. The utility was recognized in the category for cities over 10,000 population.
Edmond Electric is being recognized for its exceptional safety record for 2020. The utility’s personnel had two reportable incidents that resulted in no lost work time through 112,320 man-hours. Edmond Electric participates in the OMA Job Training and Safety program as one resource for ensuring safe work practices.
OMA General Manager Tom Rider presented the award to Edmond Electric.
“As important as electric system reliability is to citizens, knowing that each and every day, the work is being performed correctly and safely should be a source of pride for Edmond customers. The current operational standards and employee training standards of this utility are superior.” Rider said. “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.”
OMA is a municipal 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. The City of Edmond purchases its energy from the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.
To ensure 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.