Public Power Leader Paul Allen Joins Hometown Connections to Coach RP3 Applicants

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August 13, 2012: EVERGREEN, Colo. — To help public power electric utilities apply for certification by the American Public Power Association’s Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) program, Hometown Connections is welcoming to the staff industry veteran Paul H. Allen, P.E., as an “RP3 Coach” serving in a consulting capacity. Allen retired recently from the Nashville, Tenn., Electric Service (NES) as Vice President, Operations (Engineering) and was a member of APPA’s RP3 Panel from 2005 through 2012, serving as chairman from 2009 to 2012.  The RP3 designation recognizes APPA members for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.

“Following a distinguished career as a public power leader, Paul Allen brings to the Hometown Connections team expertise garnered from his considerable involvement with the development of the RP3 program,” said Tim Blodgett, Hometown Connections President and CEO. “While with NES, he participated in the RP3 program pilot and led the preparation of NES’s successful applications, resulting in two platinum designations and two diamond designations. Paul also brings to Hometown Connections his broad knowledge of the public power industry, including engineering operations, finance, and legal issues. We are pleased and proud to welcome him to the Hometown team.”

Allen stated, “Being recognized by the RP3 program demonstrates to community leaders, governing board members, suppliers, and service providers a utility’s commitment to excellence. Through my work with this valuable program, I find many APPA members wrongly assume they cannot achieve the RP3 designation or they do not have time to complete the application. I look forward to helping public power utilities of all sizes evaluate their RP3 readiness and prepare or review their applications, enabling more APPA members to receive the RP3 designation.”

The purpose of the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Program is to encourage public power utilities to operate an efficient and reliable distribution system by demonstrating proficiency in four important disciplines: reliability, safety, work force 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. The RP3 designation is valid for 2 years, with applications currently being accepted for the period May 1, 2013 to April 30, 2015. RP3 applications are accepted May 1st to September 30th of every year. Designees must reapply every two years to maintain the RP3 status.
This is the seventh year that the RP3 designation has been offered by APPA, with 176 public power utilities having earned the designation to date. More information is available on the APPA website.

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Owned by Public Power, Hometown Connections is the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association (APPA). APPA is the national trade association representing the interests of more than 2,000 community- and state-owned electric utilities that serve 46 million customers across the United States. Hometown Connections supports APPA member utilities by securing national group pricing and service arrangements from leading industry suppliers, as well as offering consulting support in the areas of organization assessment, planning, and staffing. 



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