NMPP honors Curtis Mitchell with Innovative Service Award

March 31, 2019

The Nebraska Municipal Power Pool (NMPP) awarded Curtis Mitchell, general manager of Fountain (Colo.) Utilities, with the Bob Arraj Innovative Service Award at its 44th Annual Meeting and Conference in Lincoln, Neb., March 27.

The award is presented annually to an official or employee of a NMPP member utility system who has excelled in service and/or used innovative technological changes in the utility industry. The award is a memorial tribute to Bob Arraj, former city administrator and utilities superintendent of Kimball, Neb. Arraj’s years of knowledge, insight and expertise in the energy field allowed NMPP members to benefit from numerous innovative energy and service projects.

Mitchell’s creative thinking and relationship building skill has helped Fountain Utilities become a leader in the industry.

His achievements include:

  • Playing a key role in forming a partnership with the Fort Carson Military Base and Colorado Springs Utilities to support building a hydro plant at the Pueblo Reservoir. The Fountain community expects to benefit from this renewable energy project for many years.
  • Managing a community-wide smart-meter project. The project required leadership and strong communication skills during many community-wide meetings and open houses as well as meeting with individual parties. By embracing technology, the utility was able to provide optimal service to customers.

Currently, Mitchell is supporting an evaluation of electric transmission alternatives that includes potential regional partnerships with the goal of benefitting utility customers along with supporting regional solutions. Under his leadership, the utility is also completing a conversion with customer information system and meter data management and asset management, along with exploring broadband opportunities.

As the recipient of the award, Mitchell received $350 which will be designated to go to a local project or program of his choosing.