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PWC Earns National Electric Reliability Awards

PWC has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® Diamond designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

PWC joins more than 270 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation. PWC earned the award’s highest designation- Diamond Level- for the 5th time in the award’s history and is one among an elite number of utilities that have earned the Diamond Level designation five or more times.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate outstanding practices and utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. PWC received a 100% score in the award criteria for reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.

“Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor. It demonstrates that a utility strives for a high level of service and is constantly looking to improve,” said Aaron Haderle, chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel. “Aside from demonstrating reliability, these designated utilities have shown commitment to system improvement, safety, and developing a strong and sustainable workforce.”

Annually, Public Power electric utilities have a strong track record of reliability. Nationwide, the average public power customer has their lights out for less than half the time, compared to other types of utilities.

PWC has also received the APPA’s annual recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability.  The Association tracks power outage and restoration data and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

In 2017, the average outage time (without major incidents such as Hurricanes) for PWC customers was 27.4 minutes while nationally,  the average was 136 minutes.