WASHINGTON, D.C., April 7, 2014 - Bryan Texas Utilities is the only public power utility in Texas, and one of only 29 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities, to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider RP3 Diamond Award designation from the American Public Power Association for 2014. This award recognizes community-owned utilities like BTU for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Brent McKinney, chair of APPA's RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on April 7 during the association's annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The RP3 designation honors 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. The RP3 designation lasts for three years, so the 94 utilities that earned any level of RP3 designation this year join the 90 that received it last year.
"RP3 utilities are providing a high level of value and service to communities all over the country," said McKinney, "These 94 designees stand out as models of safe, reliable and forward-thinking utility operations."
Utilities can be awarded Gold, Platinum or Diamond level RP3 designation. The Diamond level is the highest achievable designation which means that a utility met at least 98% of all the qualifying criteria. Bryan Texas Utilities is one of only 29 utilities nationwide to earn the coveted Diamond-level designation this year, and is one of only two providers in Texas to currently hold the Diamond designation.
"The BTU Board and I could not be more proud of Gary Miller and his dedicated staff for having earned this recognition. To be the only Texas provider rearing 's top-tier Diamond status this year, and one of just 29 providers earning Diamond status in the US this year, is truly exceptional," says Carl Benner, Chairman of the BTU Board of Directors.
"The RP3 process grades multiple factors that affect how well BTU does its job, to provide safe and reliable power, both now and in the future. Earning Diamond status says BTU does it really well."
"We're honored to receive the RP3 designation," said Gary Miller, General Manager of Bryan Texas Utilities. "Our utility staff puts in a lot of hard work to serve this community. RP3 represents a much appreciated recognition of this hard work."
This is the tenth year that RP3 recognition has been offered. APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state- owned electric utilities. It is located in Washington, D.C.