MASSENA - The Massena Electric Department can add the earning of their fifth straight Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) award to their list of accomplishments in 2014.
The news that MED was one of 184 public power utilities to receive the recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA) was shared at Mondays meeting of the Massena Electric Utility Board.
There are more than 2,000 public power utilities in the country, all vying for the award that is given to groups for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.
RP3 is a realistic tool for judging the effectiveness of our utility. It not only asks for results, it verifies that we are following the right process, MED Superintendent Andrew J. McMahon said. The RP3 award validates that the organization is taking the right steps on behalf of the utility and our community.
We could starve the business and change our costs or we could go a lot of different ways in how we operate the business. But the RP3 certification makes sure that we are taking what our industry best practices and putting them into good use.
According to an APPA press release, the designation is based on four key categories - reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.
Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity, the release read. The RP3 designation now lasts for three years (up from two), so the 94 utilities that earned the designation this year join the 90 that received it last year.
MED Board Chairman James Shaw voiced his pleasure with the departments fifth consecutive bi-annual certification.
Our self evaluation is not limited to RP3. We do other self audits to assure we are compliant with applicable safety and reliability standards, Mr. Shaw said. The RP3 feedback is clearly positive and lets us know objectively that we are doing the right things. However, the most important feedback we get is from our neighbors throughout the community. Despite a difficult winter due to heavy usage and extremely high market prices, our support has remained high. This is something that Massena should be proud of, he said.