FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2018) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) today announced Glasgow Electric Plant Board (EPB) and Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC) achieved Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal (PEER) certification for their innovative and exemplary delivery of service, efficiency, and operations management.
Nolin RECC is the first electric cooperative in the nation to achieve PEER certification. Glasgow EPB is Kentucky’s first municipal utility to achieve PEER certification and only the second municipal utility in the nation to achieve the certification.
Representatives of the EEC and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) joined local officials during public ceremonies in Elizabethtown and Glasgow to recognize their accomplishments.
“From more resilient neighborhoods to a more efficient use of resources, our electricity infrastructure has the power to improve lives,” said Rick Bender, executive advisor for the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy within the EEC. “Our partnership with GBCI to introduce PEER in Kentucky demonstrates how innovative strategies ensure more efficient use of resources and provide better service to customers.”
PEER is the world’s first certification program that measures and improves power system performance and electricity infrastructure.
In 2017, the Kentucky energy office launched an early-adopter program for PEER as an exclusive opportunity for Kentucky’s power sector stakeholders to measure and improve power system performance and to help provide resilient power systems in Kentucky’s businesses, communities, cities and utility regions.
Glasgow EPB was one of the first municipal utilities in the nation to couple broadband network and advanced metering to reshape electric power demand using Time-of-Use rates and interactive load management. Non-volumetric retail rates are allowing more stable revenue streams, which Glasgow is using to build a more robust and sustainable local electric grid. Glasgow certified at the silver level achieving 54 out of 110 points on the PEER certification scale.
The Elizabethtown-based Nolin RECC certified at the gold level achieving 61 points for its reliability and resiliency, operations, management and safety grid services.
“PEER builds on Kentucky’s ongoing efforts to provide affordable and reliable energy to all citizens,” said Bender. “Congratulations to Nolin RECC for being recognized as the nation’s first PEER certified electric cooperative utility, and Glasgow EPB, Kentucky’s first municipal-owned utility, to earn PEER certification.”