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HBPW Earns Exceptional System Reliability Award

For Information:  Tobias Sellier, APPA, 202-467-2927

Kari Goodman, HBPW, 573-231-7116









March 29, 2016 – Hannibal, MO – The Hannibal Board of Public Works has received national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2015. The recognition comes from the American Public Power Association (APPA)—a trade group in Washington, D.C., that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities such as the Hannibal Board of Public Works.

“This honor recognizes utilities that are statistically thriving when it comes to reliability,” said APPA Senior Vice President, Engineering Services Michael Hyland.

APPA took HBPW’s reliability data compiled through its eReliability Tracker Service and compared it to the top quartile of system outage duration from national reliability data collected by the Energy Information Administration—an independent agency that collects, analyzes and disseminates national energy data.

The HBPW has worked hard to maintain their high reliability performance through system improvements such as installing mid-span circuit reclosures, aggressive tree trimming and updating squirrel guard protection in high volume areas, and installing new relays in each substation. 

Jared Stewart, Electric Line Superintendent, is focused on staying aggressive in all areas of improvement.  The goal is to continue to improve upon operations in such a way that customers are without power for a less amount of time while keeping his crew safe in the field.  One major advantage the HBPW has used is APPA’s RP3 Program, which allows the organization to realize its strengths and improve upon areas that fall short of industry standards. 

 “We work hard to keep the lights on day in and day out,” said Bob Stevenson, General Manager for the HBPW. “It’s nice to see that hard work pay off with this kind of recognition.”

For more information on Hannibal Board of Public Works and its commitment to reliability, visit  More information on the eReliability Tracker program is available at



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