Four MRES members receive national recognition for reliability and safety practices
Four members of Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) were among the 94 public power utilities from across the nation to earn recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. There are over 2,000 public power utilities throughout the United States.
The four MRES members recognized are all from Minnesota. They are the City of Benson, the Hutchinson Utilities Commission, Marshall Municipal Utilities, and the City of Luverne. MRES crews provide distribution maintenance services for Benson and Luverne. “We congratulate these four MRES members for this distinguished achievement,” said Bill Radio, MRES director of Member and Public Relations. “We are especially proud to have participated in this achievement through our maintenance of the electric distribution and generation systems in both Benson and Luverne.”
“Our member utilities have a long history of providing reliable, safe, cost-effective service to their customers,” said MRES CEO Tom Heller. “The recognition of these four systems is an acknowledgement of their excellence in these areas.”
APPA established its Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) program to honor locally owned, locally controlled utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. There are three levels of recognition in the RP3 program – Diamond, for utilities that successfully meet 100 percent of the defined criteria; Platinum for utilities that meet 90 percent of the criteria; and Gold, for utilities that meet 80 percent of the criteria.
Benson, Hutchinson, and Marshall earned the RP3 Platinum designation, while Luverne earned the Gold designation.
Brent McKinney from the City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., who chairs APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the awards, which are valid for a two-year period. “RP3 utilities are serving their customers at the very highest level,” McKinney said. “These utilities have demonstrated that they are providing excellent service now as well as keeping their eyes forward on improvements for the future.”
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For more information, contact Bill Radio at Missouri River Energy Services, phone: 605-338-4042; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.