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RP3 Application Guide now available

From the March 25, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 25, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
For those interested in applying for APPA's Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation, the association has created the RP3 Application Guide, available on the APPA website

The application period for the next round of RP3 awards will open on May 1 and end on Sept. 30. In the RP3 program, applicants earn points for their practices and accomplishments in each of four disciplines. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and are intended to represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

The RP3 Application Guide serves as a resource for RP3 applicants. Guidance on how to respond to each question in the RP3 application has been provided, along with a breakdown of the point values associated with each possible response. Criteria for grading these questions are established based on leading industry practices. This guide is meant to increase transparency in the RP3 panel’s grading expectations and help utilities better understand the application grading process. 

The application guide, and the 2014 RP3 application form, are available for download now at

APPA also is offering a series of webinars in April and May to help clarify the application process:

•  Reliability - April 17
•  Safety - April 25
•  Workforce Development - May 2
•  System Improvement - May 4

More information about the webinars is posted on the RP3 section of the APPA website.


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