The city of Highland was honored by the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA) last week for earning initial membership and Gold Level Status designation in the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Program.
“The city of Highland is honored to have received the designation of RP3 from the APPA. It takes a tremendous effort from all members of the Electric Department to attain this level of performance and I am very lucky to have such a dedicated and talented staff supporting our efforts,” said Dan Cook, the city of Highland’s director of Light & Power.
The award was presented Thursday, May 18, by IMUA President and CEO Kevin M. Gaden and in cooperation with APPA President and CEO Sue Kelly. It recognizes those public power utilities which demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Other criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.
Highland was among the 110 public power utilities nationwide earning an APPA designation. In all, only 235 of the more than 2,000 public power utilities nationwide hold the RP3 Program designation.
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“Utilities earning an RP3 designation also demonstrate public power’s emphasis on leading practices and providing a high level of service to their customers and communities,” Gaden said. “Given that, we’re both proud and pleased to recognize the City of Highland in this regard.”
Organized in 1948, IMUA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the unified interests of 51 municipally-owned and operated electric, natural gas, cable, water, wastewater treatment and telecommunications utilities throughout Illinois.
In addition, IMUA has five Affiliate Members and 46 Associate Members/Vendors, which range from consultants, engineering firms and electric supply/sales contractors to manufacturers, construction companies and businesses providing environmental, billing and utility rate-design services.