Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) Program
Bryan Municipal Utilities is one of only 29 public electric utilities in the nation to receive the industry’s highest recognition for reliability and safety. BMU was awarded American Public Power Association’s Reliable Public Power Providers (RP3®) Platinum status for the fifth time in April 2016.
The RP3 Program shines a light on a utility for the excellent service it provides to its customers. It encourages public power utilities to operate an efficient and reliable distribution system by demonstrating proficiency in four important disciplines: reliability, safety, work force development, and system improvement.
RP3® Program Criteria
- Reliability – Key elements of the reliability section include reliability indices, a mutual aid agreement, a system-wide disaster management plan (emergency response plan), and both cyber and physical security.
- Safety – Each utility must prove that it uses an accepted safety manual, follows safe work practices, and meets OSHA benchmarking safety statistics.
- Work Force Development – Utilities must demonstrate that their utility staff attend industry conferences and workshops, are provided education and career development opportunities, are active on industry committees, and that the utility engages in work force development and succession planning initiatives.
- System Improvement – Important items in this section include demonstration that the utility participates in research and development, involvement in energy efficiency or conservation programs, and evidence of system maintenance and betterment projects.
RP3 designations are awarded at three levels — Gold for utilities meeting 80 to 89 percent of the requirements, Platinum for 90 to 99 percent, and Diamond for meeting 100 percent of the requirements in all four areas.
BMU met 99 percent of the requirements and was awarded the Platinum designation for the fourth time since 2006. An RP3 designation is valid for a two-year period; the utility must re-apply every other year. The intent of the re-application process is to ensure RP3 utilities are consistently striving to improve the quality of their system.
Located in Washington, D.C., the APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state-owned electric utilities.