11 ElectriCities Members Earn RP3 Designation


Eleven ElectriCities of North Carolina member utilities have earned the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines:

  • Reliability
  • Safety
  • Workforce development
  • System improvement

Receiving it demonstrates a utility’s sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to its employees, customers, and community to deliver electricity safely and reliably.

RP3 designations are awarded in three levels based on the number of points a utility earns in each of the four disciplines. Diamond is for 98-100 points, Platinum is for 90-<98 points, and Gold is for 80-<90 points.

Congratulations to these 2023 RP3 designees:

Diamond Level

  • City of Monroe, N.C.
  • City of Rocky Mount, N.C.
  • City of Statesville, N.C.
  • Wilson Energy (N.C.)

Platinum Level

  • Town of Apex, N.C.
  • New River Light & Power (N.C.)

Gold Level

  • Gaffney Board of Public Works (S.C.)
  • Town of Cornelius, N.C.
  • Town of Huntersville, N.C.
  • Town of Pineville, N.C.
  • Town of Tarboro, N.C.

“I’m proud of these public power providers for reinforcing their commitment to their customers and their communities by earning the RP3 designation,” said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. “The RP3 program enables them to confirm that they have the sound business practices in place to safely deliver reliable electricity to their customers now and into the future.”

“Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor signifying a utility has demonstrated commitment to industry best practices,” said Troy Adams, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and General Manager at Manitowoc Public Utilities, Wisconsin. “And ultimately, the culture developed from this pursuit of excellence and continued improvement through the RP3 program results in measurable value delivered to the local community.”

These 11 ElectriCities member utilities are part of the 109 utilities nationwide that earned the designation in 2023.

In North Carolina, 26 public power communities hold RP3 designations—more than in any other state, and 32 ElectriCities members are RP3 designees.

A full list of the ElectriCities member utilities with RP3 designation is available on the Awards and Accolades page on the ElectriCities website. A national list of designees is available at www.PublicPower.org.