The City of Manassas, VA Department of Public Works and Utilities was awarded the 2012 Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) platinum level recognition by the American Public Power Association (APPA) for outstanding reliability, safety, work force development and system improvement.
The City of Manassas was one of two public utilities in Virginia to be awarded the RP3 in 2012, out of 16 Virginia public power providers. Only 94 of the more than 2,000 public power utilities in the United States earned the Reliable Public Power Provider designation in 2012. This is the fourth year that the City of Manassas Public Works/Utilities department has received this designation. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.
“The City of Manassas is committed to exceeding our customer’s expectations, while we continue to champion the latest technology and systems, making our services more environment-friendly and financially feasible for our customers,” said Mike Moon, director of public works and utilities for the City of Manassas. “We’re honored by the APPA recognition and appreciate our team’s efforts to keep our services running effectively and efficiently,” said Moon.
The Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program recognizes utilities that provide customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Utilities submit an application to the RP3 program for a peer-evaluation of their reliability, safety, work force development and system improvement. Utilities can be recognized as a Gold, Platinum or Diamond Reliable Public Power Provider. The diamond designation is awarded to the utility if it successfully meets 100 percent of the defined criteria; platinum is awarded if the utility meets 90 percent of the criteria; and gold is awarded if the utility meets 80 percent of the RP3 program criteria. In 2011, 82 utilities earned the recognition and were recognized during the APPA’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
The RP3 review panel has 15 members. Eight of the panel members are the officers on four APPA committees: human resources, safety, transmission and distribution and system planning. The other seven panel members are nominated by APPA's chair of the board of directors.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC POWER ASSOCIATION (APPA)
The American Public Power Association (APPA), based in Washington, D.C., is the service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities. Collectively, these utilities serve more than 46 million Americans. APPA was created in 1940 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment. For more information, go to www.publicpower.org.