City of Rocky Mount Recognized as a Reliable Public Power Provider

Employees in the Rocky Mount Energy Resources department (photo taken on a date prior to COVID-19 related guidelines that require social distancing). Source: Amy Blanton, City of Rocky Mount, NC
Employees in the Rocky Mount Energy Resources department (photo taken on a date prior to COVID-19 related guidelines that require social distancing). Source: Amy Blanton, City of Rocky Mount, NC

 

The city of Rocky Mount Energy Resources department has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines:

  • reliability
  • safety
  • workforce development
  • system improvement

Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. The city of Rocky Mount joins more than 275 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

“Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor and demonstrates a utility’s commitment to implementing industry best practices in utility operations,” says Aaron Haderle, chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel and manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations at Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida. “RP3 utilities are consistently looking to improve their workforce, system reliability, and safety to serve their communities better.”

As part of the RP3 designation, Rocky Mount also received the Diamond level for the sixth time. The Diamond level signifies that 95 to 100 percent of the required criteria were met. Rocky Mount is one of only two public power providers to have received the Diamond level recognition six times.

“This is a great honor,” said Chris Beschler, director of Energy Resources. “We take a lot of pride in the work we do to power our community. It’s nice to be recognized as among the ‘best of the best’ on a national level.”

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The city of Rocky Mount, located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, was incorporated in 1867 and lies in Edgecombe and Nash Counties. Rocky Mount is a two-time All-America City on the Tar River. Serving as the Gateway to Eastern North Carolina, the city’s 875 employees serve approximately 58,000 residents daily. Visit www.rockymountnc.gov.

 

Source: Amy Blanton, City of Rocky Mount, NC

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