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RPU Receives National Recognition For Reliable Electric Operations

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Riverside Public Utilities 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.

Paul Allen, vice president, engineering at Nashville, Tenn., Electric Service and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees 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 reliable 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.

“Since the inception of RP3, Riverside Public Utilities has been recognized nationally as a leader in reliability as judged by its peers,” said Steve Badgett, deputy general manager of RPU. “An award like this can only be achieved with support from our city council, board of public utilities and the 200-plus employees who work their hardest every day to provide the level of service our customers deserve.”

He added that it was noteworthy that Riverside has won the platinum level of this award three times in a row. It’s good for two years.

This is the fifth 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 Washington, D.C.

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