The Town of Smithfield Electrical Department has received the 2018 American Public Power designation as a Platinum member. The designation will remain in effect until 2021.
Public Utilities Director Ted Credle said the purpose of the American Public Power Association (APPA) Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) program is to encourage public power utilities to demonstrate basic proficiency in four important disciplines: reliability, safety, work force development and system improvement. Utilities that successfully meet the guidelines in each of the four areas earn the designation as a Reliable Public Power Provider.
The designation program is a rigorous process as each agency strives for excellence in the four categories.
The Town of Smithfield received a score of 97 out of a possible 100 points. With the high score, Smithfield received a “Platinum” utility designation, which is a grade higher than the “Gold” designation received in 2015.
Credle said, “This grade exemplifies the Smithfield Electric Division’s continuous search to improve itself in its safety, reliability, system improvement, and workforce development.”
The presentation was made during the May 1st meeting of the Smithfield Town Council.