May 03, 2023

Local utilities earn national recognition for safety and reliability

Member Utilities

Kaukauna Utilities, Menasha Utilities and Waunakee Utilities each earned the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing safe and reliable electric service.

“These locally owned utilities work hard to provide a high level of service to their communities,” said Chris Chartier, director of distribution services for WPPI Energy. “Getting their lineworkers home safely and providing reliable power to the residents and businesses they serve are their top priorities, and it’s great to see them recognized for this by the American Public Power Association.”

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 safe and reliable delivery of electricity. The utilities join 271 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation, seven of which are also members of WPPI Energy:

  • Evansville Water and Light (2021)
  • Plymouth Utilities (2022)
  • Richland Center Electric Department (2021)
  • River Falls Municipal Utilities (2021)
  • Sun Prairie Utilities (2021)
  • Two Rivers Water & Light (2021)
  • Waupun Utilities (2022)

“Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor signifying a utility has demonstrated commitment to industry best practices,” says Troy Adams, chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and general manager at Manitowoc Public Utilities, Wis. “And ultimately, the culture developed from this pursuit of excellence and continued improvement through the RP3 program results in measurable value delivered to the local community.”


The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 18 years now. APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.