The Guam Power Authority (GPA) recognizes October 3-9, 2021, as Public Power Week, along with more than 2,000 other community-powered, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans across 49 states and 5 U.S. territories. [ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7cIAls2eOQ ]
“This year, we especially call attention to the employees of GPA—the people behind public power. These public servants work tirelessly to keep our community up and running 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said GPA General Manager John M. Benavente, P.E.
He added: “Our dedicated staff members work in many departments including Customer Service, Human Resources, Procurement, Safety, Engineering, Information Technology, Planning & Regulatory, SPORD, Accounting, Budget, Cash Management, Payroll, Facilities, Generation, PSCC, Transmission & Distribution, Transportation, Executive Administration, Communications-Public Information, Internal Audit, and our Staff Attorney; and pull together with a common goal: keeping Guam powered.”
“The people behind public power take pride in serving our friends and neighbors with one of Guam’s most essential conventional and renewable electrical energy needs,” said CCU Chairman Joey T. Duenas. GPA is proud to have served Guam for over 53 years.”
Today, 434 GPA employees serve 52,000 ratepayers across our community. Guam’s island-wide power system (IWPS) consists of transmission, distribution, and generation infrastructure operated by GPA and contractors including 420 megawatts (MW) of installed generation capacity, 1,821 miles of transmission and distribution lines, and 29 power substations.
Through a Power Purchase Agreement, GPA buys 26.5 megawatts of solar energy produced by an Independent Power Producer (IPP).
In 2019, GPA ranked 48th in the top 100 public power utilities by generation, 97th by megawatt-hour sales, 63rd by number of customers served, and 37th in electric revenues.
Public Power Week is an annual national observance coordinated by the American Public Power Association (APPA), the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The APPA represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power
utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. It advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Its members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power.
Learn more at www.PublicPower.org