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BMU Recognized as a Reliable Public Power Provider

August 5, 2022

News Release - Brookings Municipal Utilities (BMU) has earned a Platinum Level Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing reliable and safe electric service.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. BMU joins 274 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

“I think over the last year or so, we’ve seen the vital importance of running a reliable and safe utility,” says Aaron Haderle, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and Manager of Transmission and Distribution Operations at ‎Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida. “The utilities receiving the RP3 designation have proven that they are committed to running a top-notch public power utility by implementing industry best practices.”

“We are extremely proud to be honored with this designation,” said Russell Halgerson, Electric Department Manager of BMU. “This is the culmination of a lot of work from a lot of people who really care about powering our community. But this designation is not a final destination. We are committed to continuing to look for ways to improve our operations and service to our customers.”

Along with increased community support and customer appreciation, RP3-designated utilities report many benefits, including national and local recognition as a safe, reliable utility, national and local media attention, and improved teamwork as employees fully understand their role in supporting the utility’s mission.

About BMU

For over 100 years, Brookings Municipal Utilities has proudly served the Brookings community as a municipal, community-owned public power provider. BMU also provides quality water, wastewater, and telecommunications services to the Brookings community.

About APPA

The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 15 years now. APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.