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RPU Receives National Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations and Earns Diamond Level RP3® for a Third Time

ROCHESTER, MN—Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) is one of 94 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.  A total of six utilities received the diamond rating.  RPU was one of two utilities to achieve the diamond rating (the highest level in the RP3® recognition) three consecutive times. Utilities recertify for this recognition every two years.  Paul Allen, vice president, engineering at Nashville, Tenn., Electric Service and chair of APPA’s RP3® Review Panel, presented the designees on March 29, during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, held in Omaha, Nebraska.

“The RP3® designation represents a high level of service to communities all over the country,,” said Allen, “These 94 utilities stand out as models of safe and reliability utility operations.”

The RP3® recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency 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.

“We’re honored to receive our RP3® designation,” said Larry Koshire, General Manager of RPU. “Our utility staff puts in a lot of hard work to provide reliable and safe service to our community.  RP3® is a much appreciated recognition of this hard work.  I would especially like to thank Kathy Wilson, Assistant to the General Manager, for her role in managing and assembling the documentation, and completing and filing all three of our RP3® applications.”

This is the fifth year that the RP3® award 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 Washington, D.C.