The deadline for American Public Power Association (APPA)’s Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program is fast approaching, with applications due September 30. The RP3 program recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in four areas: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Heartland customers are provided with a complimentary APPA membership and are eligible to apply for the program.
The RP3 designation is awarded in three levels: Diamond, Platinum and Gold. Criteria within each of the four RP3 areas are based upon sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of service. RP3 recipients have used the program to improve their systems through the inherent self-check process, to demonstrate the value of a public power utility to customers, and in some cases, to negotiate lower bond and insurance rates.
In 2011-2012, 176 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities earned the RP3 recognition, including Marshall Municipal Utilities, a Heartland Customer. MMU earned Platinum RP3, awarded when a utility meets 90% of the criteria. The designation lasts for two years.
Information on the program including how to apply is available on APPA’s website, www.publicpower.org. Questions can also be directed to APPA’s Engineering Services department by emailing RP3@PublicPower.org or by calling (202) 467-2900.