Left to right: Decosta Jenkins, APPA Awards Chair and President & CEO of Nashville Electric Service, Andrea Underwood, Director of Human Resources & Community Relations for Paducah Power System and Coleman Smoak, APPA Board Chair and General Manager of Piedmont Municipal Power Agency in Greer, South Carolina.

The American Public Power Association (APPA) has selected Paducah Power System as one of only three winners of its 2019 Community Service Awards. PPS received the award at the National APPA Convention this week.

The honor recognizes “good neighbor” activities that demonstrate the commitment of the utility and its employees to the community it serves. PPS received the honor for its long record of service through Christmas in the Park. The annual lighting event has generated nearly one-million-pounds of canned goods and more than $700,000 for area helping agencies in the past 22 years.  Each year, the event touches thousands of lives, including volunteers, school children, businesses and those who receive the donations. The other two winners were Anaheim Public Utilities (California) and Grant County Public Utility District (Washington).

The APPA is the voice for non-for-profit, community owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.  The agency represents public power before the federal government, to protect the interests of the people served by public utilities, to advocate on electricity policy and advise on technology and training.