Abbeville Public Utilities Receives National Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations

ABBEVILLE, SC (Monday, April 14, 2014) - Abbeville Public Utilities is one of 184 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.  Brent McKinney, manager, electric transmission and distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, MO, and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on April 7 during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Oklahoma City, OK.

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that 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.

“RP3 utilities are providing a high level of service to communities all over the country,” said McKinney, “These 94 designees stand out as models of safe, reliable and forward-thinking utility operations.”

“We’re honored to receive the RP3 designation,” said Tim Baker, Director of Abbeville Public Utilities. “Our utility staff puts in a lot of hard work to serve this community.  RP3 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.

RP3 ® is a registered service mark of APPA.

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