Monday, June 25, 2007

RP3: you may already qualify—just write it down

In a Monday morning session about “RP3 best practices,” Carl Gaulke, general manager of River Falls Municipal Utilities in Wisconsin, said his utility’s efforts to prepare an application to win recognition as a “Reliable Public Power Provider” was very time-consuming, but revealed that the utility was engaged in all the activities required to qualify as an RP3 award winner. Gaulke and Steve Blanchard, general manager of Fayetteville Public Works Commission in North Carolina, described various aspects of their utility operations that led to RP3 recognition.

Both River Falls and Fayetteville were among only four utilities to achieve diamond level RP3 recognition, the highest level achievable.

During discussion at the session, APPA Vice President Michael Hyland shared an anecdote about a utility manager who applied for RP3 recognition, knowing his utility would not make the cut. But the “failing grade” from the RP3 review panel gave the utility manager the ammunition needed to get his city council to approve a capital improvement plan.

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