Award Winners

Association members can click here to learn how and when to submit nominations for the 2020 utility and individual awards by Jan 31, 2020. 2019 winners are listed below.


Outstanding Utilities, 2019

E.F. Scattergood System Achievement Award

Honors American Public Power Association member utilities with outstanding accomplishments. (Previous winners)

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City of Danville Utilities, Virginia  

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Fayetteville Public Works Commission, North Carolina

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SMUD, California   

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Community Service Award

Recognizes utilities for good neighbor activities that show commitment to the local community. (Previous winners)

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Anaheim Public Utilities, California

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Grant County PUD, Washington

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Paducah Power System, Kentucky

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DEED Energy Innovator Award

The American Public Power Association’s research program, Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments, nurtures innovation in public power. Each year we recognize our most innovative utility projects with the Energy Innovator Award. (Previous winners)


Fayetteville Public Works Commission, North Carolina

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Nebraska Public Power District, Nebraska

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City of Palo Alto Utilities, California

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DEED Award of Continued Excellence

The Award of Continued Excellence recognizes a DEED member utility that has demonstrated continued commitment to DEED program ideals through involvement in grants and scholarships, pursuit of energy efficiency, use of renewable resources, and support of public power. (Previous winners)


Austin Energy, Texas

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Outstanding Public Power Leaders, 2019

Alex Radin Distinguished Service Award

Recognizes exceptional leadership and dedication to public power. (Previous winners)


Andrew "Andy" Boatright, General Manager, Zeeland Board of Public Works, Zeeland, Michigan

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James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award

Recognizes people who have made substantial contributions to the electric utility industry, with a special commitment to public power. (Previous winners)

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Paula Gold-Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer, CPS Energy, San Antonio, Texas

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Joel Ivy, General Manager, Lakeland Electric, Lakeland, Florida

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Nilaksh Kothari, CEO & General Manager, Manitowoc Public Utilities, Manitowoc, Wisconsin

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Alan H. Richardson Statesmanship Award

Recognizes public power leaders who work to achieve consensus on national issues important to public power utilities. (Previous winners)



Kevin G. Wailes, Chief Executive Officer, Lincoln Electric System, Lincoln, Nebraska 

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Larry Hobart Seven Hats Award

Recognizes managers  — of small utilities serving fewer than 2,500 meters — who have a small staff and must assume multiple roles. (Previous winners)

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Ron Fritz, Utility Supervisor, Flora Utilities, Bringhurst, Indiana

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Larry Paine, City Administrator, City of Hillsboro, Hillsboro, Kansas

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Jody Young, City Manager, City of Bushnell, Bushnell, Florida

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Harold Kramer-John Preston Personal Service Award

Recognizes individuals for their service to the American Public Power Association. (Previous winners)

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Allen Johnson, Light & Power Director, Bountiful City Light & Power, Bountiful, Utah

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James C. Welsh, President & General Manager, Chief Executive Officer, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Kissimmee, Florida 

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Spence Vanderlinden Public Official Award

Recognizes elected or appointed local officials who have contributed to the goals of the American Public Power Association. (Previous winners)

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Homer Nicholson, Mayor, Ponca City, Oklahoma

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Ted Olson, Utilities Board Chair, Ephraim City Corporation, Ephraim, Utah   

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Robert E. Roundtree Rising Star Award

Scholarship for a future leader in public power. The recipient receives a stipend to travel to an Association conference or training program to advance their education and development in public power. (Previous winners)


Devon Tremont, Energy Analyst, Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant, Taunton, Massachusetts

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Mark Crisson Leadership and Managerial Excellence Award

Recognizes managers at a utility, joint action agency, or state or regional association who steer their organizations to new levels of excellence, lead by example, and inspire staff to do better. (Previous winners)

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Raj Rao, President & CEO, Indiana Municipal Power Agency, Carmel, Indiana

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Kimberly Schlichting, Chief Operating Officer/SVP, Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation, Smyrna, Delaware 

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