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TCLP Honored With National Award For Outstanding Safety Practices

Monday, June 5, 2023 

For information: Tobias Sellier, American Public Power Association, 202-467-2927 

Contact: Kelli Schroeder, Customer & Employee Relations Manager, 231-932-4545, 

TRAVERSE CITY, MI. – Traverse City Light & Power has earned the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2022. The utility earned the 1st place award in the category for utilities with 60,000 to 109,999 worker hours of annual worker exposure.

 “Safety needs to be the first thing on every utility employee’s mind as they go about their work,” said Jim Boyd, Chair of APPA’s Safety Committee and Electric Operations Safety Manager at Tacoma Power, Tacoma Washington. “The utilities honored by APPA for excellence in this area should be proud of the culture they have instilled in serving their communities.”

283 utilities from across the country entered the annual Safety Awards. Entrants were placed in categories according to their number of worker hours and ranked based on incident-free records and the overall state of their safety programs and culture during 2022. The incidence rate is based on the number of work-related reportable injuries or illnesses and the number of worker hours during 2022, as defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “TCLP cares deeply about sending our employees home to their families safely every single day,” said Daren Dixon, Operations Manager of TCLP. “We are proud to be honored for all the work that goes into standing behind this commitment.” The Safety Awards have been held annually for more than 65 years. APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.


Traverse City Light & Power ( is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to over 12,700 customers in Traverse City, and parts of East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, and Peninsula townships. Now offering TCLPfiber, an all-fiber, gigabit internet service.