• Announce Your RP3 Designation
    As a Reliable Public Power Provider, it is important to inform customers of the commitment your utility has demonstrated to providing reliable and safe electric service. Each RP3 designee has proven itself to be following industry standards of best practices and has shown high proficiency in providing electric service. To get the word out, we have created a customizable advertisement for you to use as a bill stuffer or a supplement in a utility brochure, newspaper ad, etc. To demonstrate your hard work and efforts simply download this advertisement, insert your utility’s logo, print, and distribute.
  • RP3 Leave Behind
    This helpful brochure and this half-page leave behind flyer answers the common questions about what an RP3 designation means, including: what is RP3, how do utilities apply for the designation, how are RP3 utilities chosen, and why utilities should apply?

Safety First Report Series

APPA staff has created several reports compiling examples of best practices in safety programs. If you're looking for sample forms and checklists provided by some of our Diamond-designated RP3 utilities, take a look at the reports listed below!

Application Data Report

Learn about how many applicants answered affirmatively to each RP3 application question and what the average points earned were per question by taking a look at the report below:



  • View photos from the 2017 RP3 Awards Ceremony at the Engineering & Operations Conference 
  • View photos from the 2016 RP3 Awards Ceremony at the Engineering & Operations Conference 
  • View photos from the 2015 RP3 Awards Ceremony at the Engineering & Operations Conference 
  • View photos from the 2014 RP3 Awards Ceremony at the Engineering & Operations Conference 

Press Releases


  • About the RP3 Program  (4/7/2014) Download the video for use in your own presentations here
  • Video announcing the 2016 RP3 Designees (4/4/2016)
  • Video announcing the 2015 RP3 Designees (5/19/2015)


You may view recordings of previous RPwebinars using the links below.

2016 RP3 Webinar Series

2015 RP3 Webinar Series

2014 RP3 Webinar Series 

Articles and Reports

The Smallest Losers Win: RP3 Program Supports Efficient Operations (September 2014)
RP3 Designees in Florida Public Power (Relay Magazine, July 2014)
RP3 Program Allows Utilities to Better Serve Customers (Public Power Magazine, May-June 2014)
Sharpening the Saw (Public Power Magazine, January-February 2014)
Reliability Measures Utilities' Health (Technology & Development Wold Magazine, May 2013)
Getting the most mileage out of RP3 designation (Customer Connector, Winter 2013)
Measuring Overarching Patterns in Utility Operations (Public Power Magazine, January 2013)
What Gets Measured Gets Done (Public Power Magazine, March 2012)
Safety - An All or Nothing Proposition (Public Power Magazine, September 2011)
RP3 Numbers (Public Power Magazine, September 2009)
The RP3 Dividend (Public Power Magazine, May 2009)
Reliable Public Power Providers Grow in Stature and Numbers (Public Power Magazine, June 2008)
RP3 Stars (Public Power Magazine, May 2008)
RP3: The Engineer's Perspective (Public Power Magazine, July-August 2007)
RP3 Dividends (Public Power Magazine, September-October 2006)
RP3 Links Safety, Reliability (Public Power Magazine, March-April 2006)