07 March 2023
Cowlitz PUD has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® diamond designation, the highest of designations available, 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, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. Cowlitz PUD joins more than 270 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.
“I think over the last year or so, we’ve seen the vital importance of running a reliable and safe utility,” says Aaron Haderle, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and Manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations at Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida. “The utilities receiving the RP3 designation have proven that they are committed to running a top-notch public power utility by implementing industry best practices.”
“As a public power utility serving Cowlitz County, we are proud to be honored with the Diamond-level RP3 designation from the American Public Power Association,” said Gary Huhta, General Manager of Cowlitz PUD. “This is the culmination of a lot of work by Cowlitz PUD employees who really care about powering our community. But this designation is not the final destination, we are committed to continuing to look for ways to improve our operations and service to our customers.”
The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 16 years now. APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.