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. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. There are approximately 2,000 public power communities nationwide and the City of Newark joins an elite group of 275 towns and cities to hold the RP3 designation
"Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor and demonstrates a utility’s commitment to implementing industry best practices in utility operations," says Aaron Haderle, Chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel and Manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations at Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida. "RP3 utilities are consistently looking to improve their workforce, system reliability, and safety to serve their communities better."
"This is a great honor," said Bhadresh Patel, Director of the Newark Electric Department. "We take a lot of pride in the work we do to power our community and it’s nice to be recognized as among the ’best of the best’ on a national level."
The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 15 years now. The Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations.