Florida Public Power Utilities Earn National Designation for Reliability

Posted By: Nicole Albers Association News, Community,

RP3 LogoThree Florida municipal electric utilities have earned re-designation as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing reliable and safe electric service. Earning the designation again this year are Kissimmee Utility Authority, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, and City of Tallahassee. They join 254 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

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 hardening and strengthening. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

“Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor signifying a utility has demonstrated commitment to industry best practices,” said Jeremy Ash, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and Chief Operating Officer at Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Kansas. "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.”

In Florida, 12 utilities are recognized with the RP3 designation: Beaches Energy Services, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Homestead Energy Services, JEA in Jacksonville, Keys Energy Services, Kissimmee Utility Authority, City of Leesburg, City of Mount Dora, New Smyrna Beach Utilities, Ocala Electric Utility, and City of Tallahassee.

“We couldn’t be prouder of our member utilities that are honored with this designation,” said Amy Zubaly, Florida Municipal Electric Association Executive Director. “This is the culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people who really care about powering their communities. But, for these utilities, this designation is not a final destination. Florida’s public power utilities are committed to continuing to look for ways to improve our operations and service to our customers.”