The Nebraska Public Power District has earned the American Public Power Association’s safety award of excellence for operating practices during 2020, ranking No. 1 among similar sized utilities.

NPPD received the award during the APPA’s annual Engineering & Operations Virtual Conference on March 24.

There were 329 utilities from across the country entered into the annual APPA Safety Awards. Each was grouped and ranked against similar-sized utilities. NPPD specifically was grouped with and ranked against 11 other utilities, NPPD spokesman Grant Otten said.

“Designing and maintaining a top-notch utility safety program takes a lot of hard work and commitment. These utilities and their communities should be very proud,” said APPA Safety Committee Chair Brandon Wylie.

“It’s always nice to be recognized for your efforts, but this really just shows how committed our team is to work safely, while making sure we provide reliable electricity,” NPPD Corporate Safety Manager Brad Palu said. “We all recognize the importance of going home to our families each day and keeping an eye out for the safety of our colleagues and neighbors.”

The APPA safety awards have been presented annually for the last 65 years, Otten said.