City of Independence, Missouri

Independence Power and Light Receives National Recognition

Independence Power and Light (IPL) has earned the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. IPL is one of 184 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities to receive this designation.

“We’re honored to receive the
RP3® designation,” said IPL Director E. Leon Daggett. “Our utility staff puts in a lot of hard work to serve this community. RP3® represents a much-appreciated recognition of this hard work.”

This is the ninth year RP3® recognition has been offered. APPA is a national organization located in Washington, DC, representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state-owned electric utilities.

The RP3® designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: 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 designation now lasts for three years (up from two), so the 94 utilities earning the designation this year join the 90 which received it last year.

Brent McKinney, manager, electric transmission and distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, MO, and chair of APPA’s RP3® Review Panel, presented the designees on April 7 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Oklahoma City, OK.

RP3® utilities are providing a high level of service to communities all over the country,” said McKinney. “These designees stand out as models of safe, reliable and forward-thinking utility operations.”