APPA holds virtual grading meeting to vet Reliable Public Power Provider applications

The American Public Power Association’s first-ever virtual grading meeting for Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) applications was held this month.

“The COVID-19 pandemic prevented APPA from hosting the grading meeting in our offices this year,” noted Alex Hofmann, Vice President, Technical and Operations Services, at APPA. “However, the meeting went smoothly thanks to the flexibility and dedication of the RP3 Panel and guest veteran graders,” he said.

APPA’s RP3 program recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Utilities keep the RP3 designation for three years.

APPA received 111 2020 RP3 applications. A total of 18 panel members participated in this month’s virtual grading meeting, as well as six veteran graders.

The panel will be meeting virtually again at the beginning of December to finalize the grades after reviewing responses to requests for information that will be sent out to utilities the week of Oct. 26.

A total of 114 public power utilities earned the RP3 designation earlier this year from APPA and there are currently a total of 278 utilities with a designation.