Washington D.C., April 30, 2018—One hundred eighteen 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. Neil James, Manager of Distribution Operations at Santee Cooper, South Carolina and chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designations on April 30 during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Raleigh, N.C.
The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. This year, 118 utilities earned the designation and, in total, 254 of the more than 2,000 public power utilities nation-wide hold the RP3 designation.
“This designation is about more than just reliability. It’s about operational excellence,” said James. “These utilities and their communities should be proud to represent the best of the best in the areas of reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.”
This is the thirteenth year that RP3 recognition has been offered. A full list of designees is available at www.PublicPower.org.