The Cuyahoga Falls Electric System has again earned the national distinction as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) from the American Public Power Association ( APPA ) for providing reliable and safe electric service to our community. 

Of the more than 2,000 public power utilities that operate nation-wide, 235 hold the RP3 designation.  In 2017, only 22 utilities earned Diamond RP3 status, including the Cuyahoga Falls Electric System.

This is the 3rd time CFES has been recognized with Reliable Public Power (RP3) status since 2012, when Gold status was earned and achieved the prestigious Diamond designation in both 2014 and 2017.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities demonstrating sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity while demonstrating proficiency in four key disciplines:

  • Reliability
  • Safety
  • Workforce development
  • System improvement

Diamond status is achieved by a review of an 18-member panel of national public power experts and meeting at least 98% program criteria.

Diamond: 98 - 100% of the program criteria

Platinum: 90 - <98% of the program criteria

Gold: 80% - <90% of the program criteria

David Lynch, Assistant Director of Utility Operations at Marquette Board of Light and Power, Michigan and chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designations on May 8, 2017 during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in San Antonio, Texas.

“Utilities that have earned an RP3 designation demonstrate public power’s emphasis on achieving leading practices and providing a high level of service to communities,” said Lynch. “We are proud to welcome all utilities earning this recognition for the first time and to those renewing their designations.”

The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 12 years now. The Association 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.