LINCOLN – Lincoln Electric System was recently named a recipient of the American Public Power Association’s Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) Diamond designation. The Diamond designation is the premier level of the RP3® recognition awarded to those public power providers that deliver the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.
Of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities, only 191 have earned the RP3® recognition from the APPA. LES is one of only 54 current Diamond designees.
Kenneth Stone, energy services and accounting manager at Braintree Electric Light Department of Braintree, Massachusetts, and executive committee member of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on May 18 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in Sacramento, California.
“Utilities that have earned APPA’s RP3 designation are implementing best practices for the industry and are a testament to public power’s commitment to serving their community,” Stone said.
The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. This is the third time LES has received this honor, and the first time to have received a perfect score in all four key disciplines. There are three levels of recognition, Diamond, Platinum and Gold. LES received the Platinum level recognition in prior years, before receiving the Diamond RP3 this year.
“To be recognized with the highest level of the RP3 designation is a tribute to everyone at LES who has worked consistently over the years to provide safe and reliable electric service to our customer-owners,” said Kevin Wailes, LES administrator & CEO.