The Illinois Municipal Electric Agency recently awarded Naperville with the Municipality of the Year designation. Read the full press release below:
On behalf of the City of Naperville, Mayor A. George Pradel and Naperville Director of Public Utilities - Electric Mark Curran accepted the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency's (IMEA) President & CEO's Municipality of the Year award at the agency's annual meeting and awards banquet on September 20.
The award recognizes Naperville's commitment to reliable and innovative service to its electric customers, which includes more than 57,000 homes and businesses in the community. The IMEA, of which Naperville is a member, is a joint action agency made up of 32 municipal electric systems and one rural electric cooperative. Its primary function is to provide wholesale electricity to its members, which they, in turn, supply to their communities' homes and businesses.
In presenting the award, IMEA Chairman & CEO Kevin Gaden praised the utility for being at the cutting edge of technology and development. The City's most recent and visible achievement has been the Naperville Smart Grid Initiative, known as NGSI. The $22 million initiative is funded partly by a federal matching grant, with other funding coming from the Electric Department's enterprise fund.
"The installation of more than 57,000 smart meters in every home and business in the city, along with automation and upgrade of the electric grid backbone, will improve service to the City's customers," Gaden said.
In the future, the NSGI will give Naperville utility customers new tools to monitor their energy use and educate themselves in energy management through ePortal, a secure and interactive website that displays historical electric usage.
Gaden also pointed out that the IMEA is not alone in recognizing Naperville's commitment to its customers. This past June, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory named Naperville to its Top 10 List of Utility Green Power Programs for customer participation in 2012, ranking fifth overall.