14 NC Public Power Communities Awarded RP3 Designation


Fourteen NC Public Power utilities have earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service, including two South Carolina and one Virginia ElectriCities Associate Member utilities.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. (Utility name) joins more than 270 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

“It’s exciting to see the many achievements in North Carolina public power communities each year,” said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. “I am always impressed by the dedication and true commitment of public power communities, particularly throughout 2020 when cities and towns were faced with challenges no one could have anticipated. We are proud of these public power communities, and are grateful for their dedication to deliver safe and reliable power to their citizens.”

“I think over the last year or so, we’ve seen the vital importance of running a reliable and safe utility,” says Aaron Haderle, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and Manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations at ‎Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida. “The utilities receiving the RP3 designation have proven that they are committed to running a top-notch public power utility by implementing industry best practices.”

Congratulations to the 2021 Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designated utilities:

  • City of Albemarle: Diamond level
  • City of High Point Electric Utility: Diamond level
  • Greenville Utilities Commission: Diamond level
  • City of Rock Hill, SC: Diamond level
  • Town of Smithfield: Diamond level
  • Wake Forest Power: Diamond level
  • Town of Granite Falls: Diamond level
  • City of Danville, VA – Department of Power & Light: Platinum level
  • City of Elizabeth City: Platinum level
  • City of Kinston: Platinum level
  • City of Shelby: Platinum level
  • City of Gastonia: Gold level
  • City of Lumberton: Gold level
  • City of Newberry, SC: Gold level

The fourteen utilities recognized this year are a part of 108 other utilities earning the designation in 2021, joining a total of 270 of the more than 2,000 public power utilities nation-wide that hold the RP3 designation.  In North Carolina alone, 24 Public Power communities collectively hold RP3 designations.

A full list of the NC Public Power utilities earning the RP3 designation is available at www.electricities.com.  A national list of designees is available at www.PublicPower.org.

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