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DEED program refines its name; scholarship enhancements coming next year


From the December 12, 2012 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published December 12, 2012

APPA’s 32-year-old research, development and demonstration program, popularly known as DEED, has refined the long version of its name in a small, but significant, way. The onetime "Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments" program will henceforth be known as the "Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments" program.  It will continue to be familiarly known as DEED.

The new name, proposed by the DEED board of directors and approved last month by the APPA Executive Committee, better conveys the broad scope of the DEED program and activities it supports; it is not strictly an energy efficiency program, said DEED Program Director Michele Suddleson.

The APPA Executive Committee also approved a proposal to raise from $75,000 to $125,000 the ceiling for research funding that can be awarded with DEED board approval. Project grants above $125,000 require approval of the APPA board of directors or the Executive Committee acting on behalf of the board.

Beginning next fall, DEED’s scholarship program will be enhanced.  A new $2,000 "Educational Scholarship" will support students entering technical careers that are in short supply and high demand at public power utilities.  The DEED board expects to award 10 such scholarships each year.  A mentoring component has been added to all DEED scholarships to strengthen scholarship recipients’ understanding about public power. DEED’s scholarship program will also make travel grants up to $1,000 to scholarship recipients to attend local, regional or national public power-related educational meetings or conferences.

The changes are all part of an extensive strategic planning effort undertaken earlier this year by the DEED board of directors. The effort included formulation of a revised mission statement for the DEED program: "DEED is dedicated to improving the operations and services of public power utilities by supporting and demonstrating its members’ innovative activities through research, funding, and education."

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