29 Utilities Honored with National Award for Reliable Electric Operations

April 4, 2016

Press Release

Arlington, Va., April 4, 2016—Twenty-nine of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities earned ­the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. Brent McKinney, Director of Electric Transmission and Distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on April 4 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Minneapolis, Minn.

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. The RP3 designation lasts for three years. This year, 29 utilities earned the designation and, in total, 219 of the more than 2,000 public power utilities nation-wide hold the RP3 designation.

“RP3 utilities stand out as industry leaders, who dedicate themselves to providing safe and reliable electricity to their customers,” said McKinney. “These designees demonstrate public power’s commitment to constantly improving best practices and raising the bar for other service providers.”

This is the eleventh year that RP3 recognition has been offered. A full list of designees is available at www.PublicPower.org.