Blanding earns national award
Blanding City received an American Public Power Association Sue Kelly Community Service Award during the American Public Power Association’s National Conference in Seattle, Washington.
The award recognizes “good neighbor” activities that demonstrate the commitment of the utility and its employees to the community.
The Blanding City utility department, a member of Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), serves roughly 2,000 customers.
When the opportunity arose to help several more, the utility jumped at the chance.
The Navajo Tribal Utility Authority sought assistance in connecting the small Westwater community west of Blanding.
Blanding City, along with other partners, stepped in, with Blanding City extending its electric distribution system to NTUA’s interconnection point and NTUA extending its distribution line to the 29 homes in the community.
Blanding City now provides ongoing operations and maintenance of the line extension as part of its existing distribution system.
“Access to reliable energy propels our communities forward, fueling innovation and transforming lives,” said Terry Ekker, the Blanding City UAMPS representative.
“We are proud to be able to assist the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority in powering our neighboring community. I am confident that with continued collaboration, dedication, and innovation, we can create a sustainable and prosperous future for all.”