News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Palo Alto Receives Special Recognition Awards
from American Public Power Association (APPA) and Department of Energy (DOE)
Contact : Tom Auzenne, Assistant Director, City of Palo Alto Utilities    650-329-2268

Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto has won an Award of Merit for its annual report from the American Public Power Association (APPA) and was a finalist for the Department of Energy (DOE) 2007 Wind Pioneer Award. Both awards were presented at the APPA Customer Connections Conference in Seattle, Washington. 

The City of Palo Alto received the Award of Merit from the APPA for its "All About Your Utilities: Palo Alto’s Homegrown Asset" booklet produced this past summer. Palo Alto was among eight public power (electric) utilities that earned awards from APPA for their most recent annual reports. APPA conducts the annual report contest to encourage and recognize excellence in communications. Awards were judged based on annual report copy, design, financial data, creativity, graphics, organization, and communicating the utility’s story. Annual report contest judges were a marketing and communication Manager from Electrical Safety Foundation International, a reporter from The Bond Buyer and the president of Sparkman + Associates Inc., a corporate communications company.

Although submitted to the national organization of public power utilities, Palo Alto’s report covered more than the electricity utility and is the first of its kind for the City. Palo Alto is the only city in California which provides a full array of utility services to its community that includes electricity, water, natural gas, wastewater collection and treatment, refuse and recycling and storm drainage. The report highlights a brief history of each utility, operational achievements, capital improvement projects, revenues and expenses, and features environmental accomplishments. The overall goal for this report is to provide a one-stop primer to remind the community about their valuable and unique utility asset. Designed and printed primarily in two colors (including green) on recycled paper, the report was intended to convey pertinent information in a simple and informative manner.

At the same conference, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized Palo Alto as an Award Finalist in its Wind Powering America Program, a program committed to dramatically increasing the use of wind energy in the United States. The annual award, now in its fifth year, is jointly sponsored by DOE and APPA. Palo Alto was one of 14 public power utilities in the United States nominated for the award. While the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is the 2007 Wind Power Pioneer, Palo Alto received special recognition as the Award Finalist. All 14 nominees were recognized for their investment in a more sustainable power supply, the ability to see opportunity beyond the hurdles, and for their pioneering spirit.

Visit the City’s web site at and click on "Utilities Publications" to view the award-winning report.