During the Board of Aldermen meeting on Monday evening, a pair of exciting presentations were made to the City of Harrisonville.
The first presentation was a grant from the Missouri Public Energy Pool, to support upgrades to the City’s electrical system. The grant is part of the MoPEP Power Infrastructure Modernization Grant Program.
The grant, which totaled $8,237, is being used toward the cost of improvements to the electric distribution system, including an emergency utility pole replacement following a severe winter storm.
“Harrisonville’s work on system upgrades help improve reliability,” Duncan Kincheloe, President and General Manager of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance, said. “Electric distribution infrastructure projects like these help to make the entire MoPEP partnership more reliable and efficient.”
The grant is the third awarded to Harrisonville as part of the MoPEP grant program. A 2015 grant for $91,811 was used for part of the cost to install new fiber optics for the City’s electrical SCADA system. A second grant for $116,550, in January of 2019, was used toward the cost of new transmission lines for an area near Precision Drive and the rebuilding of an electrical line on Forrest Street. In all, the program’s benefits to the City have totaled $216,598.
The MoPEP Power Infrastructure Modernization Grant Program assists MoPEP municipal utilities to invest in long-term capital assets of their local electric systems, to improve reliability and efficiency of electric infrastructure for systems supplied through MoPEP. Funds requested under the program must be used for improving assets and operations used in the electric utility.
Next, the City was presented with the American Public Power Association’s E-Reliability Certificate of Excellence.
Harrisonville is one of 12 MPUA members who received the award this year; and only 143 utilities across the country received the certificate.
The Certificate of Excellence is given for reliable performance, as shown by comparing a utilities outage records against nationwide data gathered by the Energy Information Administration.
The awards were presented by MPUA Director of Member Services Connie Ford.