RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — Lincoln Electric System has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. Neil James, chairman of the RP3 Review Panel, presented the designation April 30, 2018, during the APPA’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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 the safe and reliable delivery of electricity. LES joins more than 240 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.
“This designation is about more than just reliability. It’s about operational excellence,” said James, who is also manager of distribution operations at South Carolina public power company Santee Cooper. “These utilities and their communities should be proud to represent the best of the best.”
Jim Fischer, LES director of transmission and distribution construction, accepted the award on LES’ behalf in Raleigh.
LES has held the RP3 designation since 2011. Out of the more than 2,000 public power utilities across the nation, LES is one of just 37 to earn the 2018-21 Diamond designation, demonstrating how it improves best practices and raises the bar for other service providers.
“This is a great honor,” said Kevin Wailes, LES chief executive officer. “We take a lot of pride in powering the Lincoln area. The work we do every day — from answering calls in our Customer Care center to repairing power lines after a storm to teaching local students about conserving energy — makes the community we call home a better place to live.”
The APPA, which has offered the RP3 designation for 13 years, is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. It advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations.