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Northern Wasco County PUD garners power accolade

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District is among 184 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. 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 March 25 during the association’s annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference held in Kissimmee, Fla.

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.

“RP3 utilities are shining examples of reliable and forward-thinking public power utilities,” said McKinney, “These 90 designees should be extremely proud of this accomplishment and what it means for their communities.”

“Receiving the RP3 designation means a lot to us,” said Dwight Langer, general manager of Northern Wasco County People’s Utility District. “From our Board of Directors throughout our organization we strive for excellence in customer service, reliability and energy affordability. Our competing for the RP3 award allows us to see how we are doing in critical areas with our peers and to point out areas where we can be better. It’s always an honor to be recognized on a national level for work we are doing locally in The Dalles, Dufur, Tygh Valley and Wamic.”

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