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Cuyahoga Falls Electric System receives APPA RP3 Diamond Award

7/17/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of the City of Cuyahoga Falls
CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Cuyahoga Falls Electric System was recently honored as one of 94 public power utilities to earn the 2014 Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

The Cuyahoga Falls Electric System was first awarded this designation in 2012 with the Gold status. 2014 marked the utility’s first year of achieving Diamond status, the highest possible designation.

Pictured above, from left are: Brent McKinney, manager, electric transmission and distribution at City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., and chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel; Michael Dougherty, electric superintendent, Cuyahoga Falls Electric System; and Mike Hyland, APPA senior vice president of engineering and operations.

The RP3 designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Out of the more than 2,000 public power utilities in the nation, less than 10 percent are recognized as Reliable Public Power Providers, according to APPA officials.

Mayor Don Walters said receiving the designation is an honor.

“Our employees put in a lot of hard work to provide reliable and safe service to our residents and business customers,” he said. “It’s great to receive this award honoring the hard work that the employees do.”

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