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APPA recognized for work on project to bring electricity to Navajo Nation

The American Public Power Association (APPA) has been honored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) with the 2020 Summit Award, which is the highest recognition under The Power of A Awards.

The award recognizes APPA’s work on the Light Up Navajo project, a mutual aid initiative by the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) and APPA to provide electricity to Navajo homes.

“APPA is thrilled to be recognized by ASAE for the work that we have done in collaboration with NTUA on the Light Up Navajo project,” said Joy Ditto, President and CEO of APPA. “APPA’s partnership with NTUA has already brought electricity to hundreds of Navajo Nation families and we look forward to continuing to assist with this important project in the future,” she said.

“It has been an honor for APPA to be able to work hand-in-hand with NTUA on the Light Up Navajo initiative and it is truly gratifying to have our efforts recognized by ASAE,” said Alex Hofmann,  Acting Vice President of Engineering Services at APPA.

In 2018, the board of directors for APPA’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments program approved a $125,000 grant application submitted by NTUA, which was related to the effort.

“We congratulate our partner APPA for helping to launch this innovative and historic project,” said Walter "Wally" Haase, NTUA General Manager. “Through this collaboration, 26 of our sister public power utilities answered the mutual aid call to the Navajo Nation and dramatically improved lives of 233 American families. It was a life changing event for everyone involved.”

APPA is one of six associations that will receive the 2020 Summit Award. The winners will be formally recognized during the Virtual Power of A-Summit Awards event on September 30, which will also serve as the culmination of ASAE’s overall Centennial celebrations.

The awards are part of The Power of A campaign, which brings attention to the association community’s valuable contributions to society at the local, national and global levels.

The winners were selected by the Power of A Awards Judging Committee. This year the committee received a total of 125 entries.

These included entries for five new award categories: The Power of Advocacy, The Power of Industry/Professional Advancement, The Power of Global Development, The Power of Diversity and Inclusion, and The Power of Community Support and Engagement.