CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – CDE Lightband has earned a Smart Energy Provider designation from the American Public Power Association for demonstrating proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation and environmental initiatives that support providing low-cost, safe, and reliable electric service.
CDE Lightband is one of two local power companies in the TVA service territory to earn this award. Chris Van Dokkumburg, Planning Analyst at Holland (Michigan) Board of Public Works and Chair of the association's Energy Services Committee, presented the designations Oct. 29 during the Association’s annual Customer Connections Conference in New Orleans.
The Smart Energy designation, which covers a two period from Dec. 1, 2019 to Nov. 30 2021, recognizes public power utilities for leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience. This is the first year the Association has offered the Smart Energy Provider designation. CDE Lightband joins more than 60 public power utilities nationwide that received the inaugural designation.
“This designation highlights utilities that are really stepping up to deliver their customers top-notch programs and services,” Van Dokkumburg said. “These utilities are going beyond ‘keeping the lights on,’ and their communities should be proud.”
Brian Taylor, general manager at CDE Lightband, said CDE is honored to be recognized for supporting responsible energy use in Clarksville,
“We take a lot of pride in the programs we offer that help our customers save money and reduce our collective footprint on the environment," Taylor said. "It’s encouraging to be recognized as a best-of-class utility when it comes to smart energy.”
CDE Lightband offers electric, television, Internet and phone service to customers in the city limits of Clarksville. CDE Lightband is the municipal power provider and serves more than 70,000 metered homes and businesses with electric service and more than 22,000 customers with broadband services.
The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations.
CDE Lightband Energy Services Team, from left, Jared Combs, John Jackson and Robert Denson display the Smart Energy Provider certificate CDE Lightband recently earned from the American Public Power Association.