AGAWAM, Massachusetts – Employees at Berkshire Power Company, LLC have achieved two awards from the National Safety Council (NSC) for outstanding safety performance in 2019: the Perfect Record and the Occupational Excellence Achievement awards.
“We pride ourselves on safety,” said Plant Manager Robert Bell. “Our employee-driven safety program encompasses the shared goal that everyone returns home safely after each shift.”
The Perfect Record Award recognizes companies that have completed at least 12 consecutive months without incurring a U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lost-time injury or illness. The Occupational Excellence Achievement Award honors plants for operating with a safety record equal to or better than 50% of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics rates within the industry for lost-time illnesses and injuries.
The Berkshire plant generates power for the ISO New England market, the regional transmission organization that serves six New England states, including Massachusetts. At 229 MW, the plant can generate enough power for approximately 230,000 homes.
Berkshire Power Company is an important contributor to the local tax base. In 2019, the plant injected more than $6.3 million in salaries and payments to local contractors and vendors into the area economy.
In addition, employees are active in the community. They volunteered hundreds of hours of service to local community and charitable projects in 2019. The Berkshire plant instituted an annual scholarship program starting with the 2018-2019 school year. A total of $9,000 in scholarships were awarded to six college-bound high school seniors to date.
Berkshire Power Company is owned and operated by affiliates of Tenaska, an energy company based in Omaha, Nebraska.
Tenaska, based in Omaha, Nebraska, is one of the leading independent energy companies in the United States. Forbes magazine consistently ranks Tenaska among the 50 largest private U.S. companies. Gross operating revenues were approximately $9.9 billion in 2019.
Tenaska has developed approximately 10,500 megawatts (MW) of natural gas-fueled and renewable power projects. Affiliate Tenaska Solar Ventures provides development services for approximately 14 gigawatts of renewable solar capacity in 16 states. Tenaska and its affiliates have managed the acquisition and divestiture of 10,500 MW of energy assets. The current Tenaska operating fleet includes 12 natural gas-fueled and renewable generating facilities able to generate approximately 7,500 MW combined.
Tenaska affiliates are industry leaders in natural gas and electric power marketing. Tenaska Marketing Ventures (TMV) is among the top five largest natural gas marketers in North America and is the top-ranked natural gas pipeline capacity trader. TMV is consistently top ranked by its customers in the annual Mastio & Company Natural Gas Marketer Customer Value / Loyalty Benchmarking Study. During 2019, TMV sold or managed 10.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per day. Tenaska Power Services Co. is the leading provider of energy management services to generation and demand-side customers in the U.S., with more third party-owned generation under management than any other provider.