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Rochester Public Utilities Receives National Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)[1] designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. Brent McKinney, Director of Electric Transmission and Distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on April 4 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Minneapolis, Minn.

RPU earned the Diamond level designation, which is the highest level and requires 100 percent scoring in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. The RP3 designation now lasts for three years. RPU is one of 29 utilities that earned the designation this year. In total, 219 of the more than 2,000 public power utilities nation-wide hold the RP3 designation. Previously, RPU has received Diamond level designation three times and Platinum designation once.

“RP3 utilities stand out as industry leaders, who dedicate themselves to providing safe and reliable electricity to their customers,” said McKinney. “These designees demonstrate public power’s commitment to constantly improving best practices and raising the bar for other service providers.”

“We’re honored to receive the RP3 designation,” said RPU general manager Mark Kotschevar. “It’s a tribute to our utility staff that put in a lot of hard work to serve the Rochester community. RP3 represents a much appreciated recognition of this hard work.”

This is the eleventh year that RP3 recognition has been offered. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state-owned electric utilities. It is located in Arlington, VA.


[1] RP3® is a registered service mark of APPA.