Two MRES members and one associate receive national recognition for reliability and safety practices

Three municipal electric systems that are affiliated with Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) were among the 90 public power utilities from across the nation to earn recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.  There are more than 2,000 public power utilities throughout the United States.

The MRES-affiliated utilities that were recognized all are from Minnesota. They are Moorhead Public Service, the City of Ortonville, and Olivia Municipal Utilities. Moorhead and Ortonville are MRES members, while Olivia is an MRES associate. “We congratulate these communities and utilities for this distinguished achievement,” said Bill Radio, MRES Director of Member and Public Relations. “We are especially proud to have participated in this achievement through our maintenance of the electric distribution systems in both Ortonville and Olivia.”

“Our member utilities have a long history of providing reliable, safe, cost-effective service to their customers,” said MRES CEO Tom Heller. “The recognition of these systems is an acknowledgement of their excellence in these areas.”

APPA established its Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) program to honor locally owned, locally controlled utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.

The achievement of these three systems brings the number of MRES-affiliated utilities that currently hold RP3 designations to seven. The Minnesota communities of Benson, Hutchinson, Marshall, and Luverne earned RP3 status in 2012.

Brent McKinney from the City Utilities of Springfield, Mo., who chairs APPA’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the awards, which are valid for a two-year period. “RP3 utilities are shining examples of reliable and forward-thinking public power utilities,” McKinney said. “These 90 designees should be extremely proud of this accomplishment and what it means for their communities.”