Florida Public Power Utilities Earn National Designation for Reliability
Four Florida municipal electric utilities have earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. Earning the designation this year are Beaches Energy Services, Homestead Energy Services, Keys Energy Services, and Ocala Electric Utility. They join 271 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 Troy Adams, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and General Manager at Manitowoc Public Utilities, Wisconsin. "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: City of Tallahassee, Fort Pierce Utilities Authority, Gainesville Regional Utilities, JEA in Jacksonville, Kissimmee Utility Authority, City of Leesburg, City of Mount Dora, New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission, Beaches Energy Services, Homestead Energy Services, Keys Energy Services, and Ocala Electric Utility.
“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. We are committed to continuing to look for ways to improve our operations and service to our customers.”