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CPW’s Natural Gas Department received the System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) – bronze level award from the American Public Gas Association (APGA) this month. SOAR is awarded to natural gas distribution utilities that demonstrate commitment to excellence in four areas: system integrity, system improvement, employee safety, and workforce development. APGA gives the award to approximately 20 utilities nationally in recognition of systems striving to operate safely and efficiently. The designation is valid for three years, at which time the utility may apply to receive it again.

“Our Gas Department consistently exceeds operational standards nationally, and we’re glad to receive the SOAR award,” said Jeff Tuttle, CPW’s General Manager.

“I’m proud of how well we provide reliable and safe natural gas service to our customers every day,” said Rob Rhodes, CPW’s Natural Gas Department Manager. “I’m also especially proud of our team. They go out there every day, work hard, and make sure our customers get the product they deserve and pay for,” Rhodes said.

CPW’s Natural Gas Department has 23 employees serving over 21,000 customers. The utility’s natural gas service area covers over 400 square miles, stretching from southern Spartanburg County to near the N.C. border in Landrum, S.C. CPW also operates a compressed natural gas filling station located in downtown Greer.