The RP3 application asks questions in 4 disciplines — reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement — based on leading practices in the industry. Each question is worth a certain amount of points for a total of 100 points — see the application guide for details. You can find additional resources, from webinar recordings to sample job site inspections, to help you complete the application below!
Questions? Email [email protected].
About the Application
Applications for the Reliable Public Power Provider designation are open May 1 – September 30 each year. The 2017 RP3 application has closed, and the 2018 application will be available in the spring.
The RP3 online application system has replaced hardcopy applications and is easier to complete. To access the online application, please register your utility. Once you've completed the registration form, you’ll receive an email with your login information and instructions to access the application at https://rp3.publicpower.org.
The online system enables you to assign one user to oversee the entire application and assign additional users to individual questions. You can answer each question, upload attachments on a question by question basis, see the progress as you complete your application, and view the RP3 Review Panel’s comments and scores for each question. When your utility reapplies, you can view your previous application, and import any answers and attachments you previously submitted.
Applications received through the RP3 Online Application System are reviewed by the 18-member Review Panel, comprising public power professionals from across the country. Utilities may be recognized as a gold, platinum, or diamond. Any Review Panel requests for additional information are sent through the online system, to keep all your information in one place.
When you are ready to submit, you can complete the one-time application fee here. Payments are due by the last day of the application period, September 30.
Application Guides and How-To Videos
- RP3 Application Guide
- RP3 Online Application System - Primary User Guide
- How to Create New Users in the Online System (PDF also available here)
- How to Assign Questions to Users (PDF also available here)
- How to Respond to Requests for Information (RFIs) (PDF also available here)
- Final Summary Report
- Summarizes involvement with APPA to help answer application questions
- I.B.2 on National Reliability Benchmarking
- Safety First Report Series: Examples of Best Practices
- Safety Index Benchmarking
- Learn about APPA's Safety Awards of Excellence
- Workforce Development Sample Spreadsheets
- R&D Participation
- Learn about APPA's DEED program
- Learn how past applicants answered each RP3 application question and the average points earned per question in these reports
2017 RP3 webinar series recordings
- Reliability - view recording | view slides (4/11/2017)
- Safety - view recording | view slides (4/18/2017)
- Workforce Development - view recording | view slides (5/2/2017)
- System Improvement - view recording | view slides (5/23/2017)
Beginning with the 2014 designees, RP3 designations last for three years, starting on May 1 of the designation year to April 30 three years later. Prior to the 2014 designation (applied in 2013), RP3 designations were valid for a two-year period.
Now, RP3 designated utilities that wish to maintain their designation status must re-apply in the second year of the three-year designation period. For example, a utility that applies in 2016 is designated May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2020. To maintain status after that, the utility must re-apply in 2019. The re-application process helps us ensure that RP3 utilities are consistently striving to maintain and improve the quality of their systems.
Significant changes were introduced in 2013 for designation levels — for utilities designated in 2014 — as a result of feedback received from member utilities over the first nine years of RP3.
- Gold: 80% – <90% of the possible points
- Platinum: 90 – <98% of the possible points
- Diamond: 98 – 100% of the possible points
For utilities that applied before 2013, the diamond designation was awarded for 100%, platinum for 90-99%, and gold for 80-89% of the possible points.