BPU Recognized Nationally for Electric Reliability and Safety

(KANSAS CITY, Kan.) — The Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) was recognized in 2018 as one of the country’s most reliable and safe electric utilities. BPU is one of a select few of the more than 2,000 public utility companies in the nation to receive the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Platinum award from the American Public Power Association (APPA).

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key areas: reliability, safety, training and system improvement. The measurements are based on sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

“This recognition highlights BPU’s continued commitment to safety and reliability, and the quality of electric service we provide to our community,” said BPU General Manager Don L. Gray. “BPU’s selection as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) is a result of our employee’s ongoing commitment and dedication, and distinguishes BPU as one of the top public utilities in the nation."

Neil James, Manager of Distribution Operations at Santee Cooper, South Carolina and chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designations on April 30 during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Raleigh, N.C.

“This designation is about more than just reliability. It’s about operational excellence,” said James. “These utilities and their communities should be proud to represent the best of the best in the areas of reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.”

BPU representatives are seen here receiving the utility’s RP3 Award. From left are Mike Hyland, APPA Senior Vice President of Engineering Services; Sam DeLeon, Director Human Resources; Jeremy Ash, Director of Electric Distribution & Services and Neil James, Manager of Distribution Operations at Santee Cooper, South Carolina and chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel.

About APPA
The American Public Power Association is not-for-profit organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities that serve more than 49 million Americans. It represents utilities and consumers by providing services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment.

About BPU
BPU’s water department was originally created in 1909, and its electric utility was operational in 1912. The purpose of the utility, then and to this day, is to provide the highest quality electric and water services at the lowest possible cost. Today the publicly owned utility serves approximately 65,000 electric and 51,000 water customers, primarily in Wyandotte County, Kansas. The mission of the utility and its employees is “to focus on the needs of our customers, to improve the quality of life in our community while promoting safe, reliable and sustainable utilities.” BPU’s Web site is www.bpu.com.

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