For the eighth consecutive year, Coffeyville Municipal Light & Power (CMLP) has received first place in the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma (MESO) annual electric operations and reliability competition. In 2018, CMLP had an average system availability index of 99.9989 percent. The utility was recognized in the category for cities over 10,000 population and cited for achieving the highest reported level of service reliability for cities within MESO’s four-state member region.
Tom Rider, MESO General Manager, recently presented the award to the electric utility. “The training and development of staff and increased funding for reliability shows in the continued excellent performance of CMLP,” said Rider. “The current operational standards and employee training standards of CMLP are superior.”
CMLP was also recognized for having a perfect safety record for 2018 as they experienced no reportable incidents with no lost or reduced duty time in over 74,500 work hours. “We are proud of our reliability award and work hard to achieve this level of service for our customers,” said Electric Utility Director Mike Shook,” and we are particularly proud of our safety record.”
In 2018, there were 82 reported outages. Birds were the cause of 14 of those outages, trees accounted for 12 outages and the weather was responsible for 11. Other causes were equipment, repairs and accidents.
“What this award represents to our customers is that electricity was flowing to their homes and businesses 99.9989% of the time,” said Shook. Being a public power, municipally owned utility is also important. “We have local employees who are able to respond quickly in the event of an outage. We strive for no outages, but when they do occur, our employees are able to respond quickly to minimize the down time.”