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.”
HOMETOWN CONNECTIONS INTERNATIONAL, LLC, EVERGREEN, COLO.
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.