NMPP Energy member utilities honored with APPA award for reliable electric operations

March 23, 2021

Five NMPP Energy member utilities were recently honored among 108 public power utilities with the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation for providing reliable and safe electric service.

The 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.

With 108 utilities earning the designation this year a total of 270 of the more than 2,000 public power utilities nation-wide hold the RP3 designation.

The NMPP Energy member utilities honored were Lincoln Electric System, Nebraska Public Power District, Waverly (Iowa) Utilities, Fort Morgan, Colo., and Grand Island, Neb.

“I think over the last year or so, we’ve seen the vital importance of running a reliable and safe utility,” says Aaron Haderle, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and Manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations at ‎Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida.

“The utilities receiving the RP3 designation have proven that they are committed to running a top-notch public power utility by implementing industry best practices,” he said.

This is the 16th year the RP3 recognition has been offered.