FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2014
CONTACT: Lindsey Thompson
Public Information Officer
On April 7, 2014, Marietta Power was one of only 184 of the nation's more than 2,000 public utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association during the association's annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference.
The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that provide consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric services. The designated utilities 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. The RP3 designation now lasts for three years (up from two), so the 94 utilities that earned the designation this year join the 90 that received it last year.
This year, Marietta Power received the highest designation of achievement at the Diamond Level, which requires a score of 99-100%. It is important to note that there are three categories, Gold (80-90%), Platinum (90-99%), and Diamond. Not only was Marietta Power the first Electric City in Georgia to earn RP3 designation in 2010, they earned it again in 2012, and Marietta Power is the first to earn Diamond status in Georgia.
"We are honored to receive the RP3 designation," said Tom Bell, Electrical Director of Marietta Power. "Our utility staff puts in a lot of hard work to serve this community and this designation represents a much appreciated recognition of this hard work."
This is the ninth 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.