Utility of the Future Today
Holland Board of Public Works' Water Reclamation Facility recently received national recognition as a Utility of the Future Today (UotFT) from the Water Environment Federation (WEF), National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Water Research Foundation (WRF) and WateReuse Association. The program recognizes water resource recovery facilities for transformational work in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. HBPW was recognized for its continued efforts to increase beneficial reuse of solids generated as part of the wastewater treatment process and the anaerobic digester will be a key factor in these efforts in future years.
Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) has earned a Premier Utility Management Performance (PUMP) Award from the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) in partnership with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
Criteria for the PUMP Award rank among the national industry’s highest standards and require aptitudes in at least two of ten Effective Utility Management (EUM) attributes. HBPW’s Holland Area Water Reclamation Facility (WRF) was recognized for excellence in nine EUM areas: product quality, customer satisfaction, employee and leadership development, operational optimization, financial viability, infrastructure strategy and performance, enterprise resiliency and community sustainability.
Smart Energy Provider
Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) has earned a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for demonstrating commitment to and proficiency in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and environmental initiatives that support a goal of providing low-cost, quality, safe, and reliable electric service.
The SEP designation, which lasts for two years (December 1st, 2019 to November 30th, 2021) recognizes public power utilities for demonstrating leading practices in four key disciplines: smart energy program structure; energy efficiency and distributed energy programs; environmental and sustainability initiatives; and the customer experience. This is the first year the Association has offered the SEP designation. Holland Board of Public Works joins public power utilities nationwide that also received the inaugural SEP designation.
Reliable Public Power - RP3
Holland Board of Public Works has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.
The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. Holland Board of Public Works joins more than 270 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation. Holland Board of Public Works received a perfect score on the RP3 application and received a Diamond rating, which is the highest of three levels. Currently, 107 APPA members have Diamond designations.
Holland Energy Park
2019 Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award | The American Society of Civil Engineers
The American Society of Civil Engineers selectedHolland Energy Park to receive the 2019 Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award for “its park-like, not industrial, setting with excellent public involvement featuring a “blue Ribbon Leadership Panel” with all primary stakeholder groups represented, an active website to solicit their input and the creation of an enduring public attraction with a unique interactive learning visitor center.”
We are sincerely honored to be selected by ASCE’s Committee on Sustainability to receive this award.