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6 ElectriCities Members Earn RP3 Designation


Six 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, and system improvement. Receiving it demonstrates a utility’s sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

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

Congratulations to these 2022 RP3 designees:

Diamond Level

  • Fayetteville Public Works Commission
  • Lexington Utilities (previously held Platinum level)
  • City of New Bern

Platinum Level

  • Front Royal, Va. (previously held Gold level)

Gold Level

  • Town of Clayton
  • City of Newton

“The RP3 program enables public power providers to confirm that they have the practices in place to safely deliver reliable electricity to their customers, and it enables them to ensure they can continue to do so through employee training and continuous improvement practices,” said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. “I’m proud of these public power providers for reinforcing their commitment to their customers and their communities.”

“Running a reliable and safe utility has never been as important as it is today,” Aaron Haderle, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and Manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations at ‎Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida, said in a statement. “Utilities that have earned this designation have demonstrated commitment to serving their communities and constantly looking to improve.”

These six ElectriCities member utilities are part of the 54 utilities nationwide that earned the designation in 2022. They are among the 275 of the more than 2,000 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

In North Carolina, 26 public power communities hold RP3 designations—more than in any other state.

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

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