LES receives national recognition for reliability, safety

LINCOLN – Lincoln Electric System has been awarded 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, and system improvement. Criteria to receive the designation include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. There are over 2,000 public power communities in the United States; however, LES is one of only 270 utilities 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.”

This is the second time LES has received the “Diamond” level – the highest level a public power entity can achieve, demonstrating how it improves best practices and raises the bar for other service providers. LES is one of 127 electric utilities receiving this top-tier designation, ranking the utility in the upper 6% of public power providers.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best public power utilities in the U.S.,” said Paul Crist, LES vice president, Energy Delivery. “This is the result of hard work from a dedicated team who remains committed to continuing to find and implement ways to improve our operations and service to our customers.”