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Reliable Public Power Provider Year 9 application is available; cycle expanded from 2 to 3 years

From the February 5, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published February 5, 2013

By Laura Cornwell
Engineering Services Specialist

The application for "Year 9" of APPA's Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program is available for review by utilities interested in applying for RP3 recognition. Utilities may use this information to begin compiling their RP3 application for the May 1 through Sept. 30, 2013 application period.

The RP3 program recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in four areas: reliability, safety, work force development and system improvement. Criteria within each of the four RP3 areas are based upon sound business practices and recognized industry best practices. RP3 recipients have used the program to improve their systems through the application’s 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. 

2013 is the ninth year of the RP3 program. Several significant changes to the program will be introduced in this application year, including: a three-year cycle; more time for utilities to review and prepare their application; improved question clarity; and a new scoring rubric. These enhancements are the result of the diligent work of the 18-member RP3 Review Panel and careful consideration of feedback received from member utilities as the RP3 program has grown over the past nine years.

In 2011-2012, 176 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities earned RP3 recognition at one of three levels — Diamond (met 100 percent of criteria), Platinum (met 90 percent of criteria) or Gold (80 percent of criteria). Lists of recent RP3-recognized utilities are posted on APPA's RP3 website. Utilities that applied and received RP3 recognition in Year 8 (2013) will be announced and recognized at the APPA Engineering & Operations Technical Conference, scheduled for March 24-27 in Kissimmee, Fla. 

More information on the program, the Year 9 application, and instructions on how to apply are available in the RP3 section of APPA's website.

APPA will host informational webinars on the 2013 application process starting in April; information on these free webinars will be available

Questions about the program should be directed to APPA's Engineering Services department by sending an email to or by calling 202/467-2900.


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