PWC Earns National Recognition for Reliability

RP3 Logo_colorPWC has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. Brent McKinney, Director of Electric Transmission and Distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on April 4 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Minneapolis, Minn.

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.

PWC earned the award’s highest designation – Diamond Level and received a perfect score in the RP3 evaluation.  Twenty-nine utilities earned the RP3 award this year and in total, 219 of the more than 2,000 public power utilities nation-wide hold the RP3 designation.  Of those, PWC is one of only three to receive Diamond Level four or more times.  PWC also earned Diamond designation in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

“The RP3 Diamond level award is the highest honor the American Public Power Association can bestow on a member utility.  PWC does not take actions to qualify for or win awards.  We strive every day to operate the most efficient, safe and reliable utility we can while at the same time providing those essential services to our customers at competitive and fair rates,” said David Trego, PWC’s CEO/General Manager.  ” By winning the Diamond level four times, we are one of only three municipal utilities in the nation to be so honored and we are proud that the RPdesignation  places Fayetteville as one of the top public power  communities across the country.”

PWC provides electric service to over 77,000 customers in the Fayetteville/Cumberland County area and is the largest Public Power provider in North Carolina and the 36th largest in the United States.  North Carolina has 24 RP3 designees, the most of any state.