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Diamond RP3 designation earned by NPPD . . . again

April 24, 2020

Columbus, Neb. - For the second time since 2017, Nebraska Public Power District has earned a Diamond Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.  

“Receiving this designation for a second time recognizes NPPD as one of the best in the nation based on the criteria,” said Vice President and Retail General Manager Tim Arlt. “Our teammates take tremendous pride in all we do for the benefit of our customers, and we aim to provide top-notch service for them. This is a high bar achieved by a small percentage of public power utilities in the country.”

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. NPPD joins more than 275 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.  NPPD was originally honored in 2017 for the first time.

Application questions for this designation were comprehensive, according to Arlt, and were focused on the four criteria areas, and more specifically demographics, security, mutual aid, benchmarking, succession planning and employee development, financial health, system maintenance and more.

“This is a great honor,” said NPPD President and CEO Pat Pope. “We take a lot of pride in the work we do to power communities throughout Nebraska. It’s nice to be recognized as among the ‘best of the best’ on a national level.”

A panel of experts from public power judged NPPD’s qualifications before awarding a Diamond RP3 utility ranking, the highest achievement above gold and platinum.

“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.”