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Posted on: March 23, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Idaho Falls Power Recognized as Reliable Public Power Provider

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[Idaho Falls, ID March 23, 2021]— Idaho Falls Power has been awarded a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® designation from the American Public Power Association 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 to receive the designation include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. There are over 2.000 public power communities in the United States; however, Idaho Falls Power is one of only 275 utilities 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.”

Idaho Falls Power was last recognized with the RP3 designation in 2018.   This year’s designation is the “Diamond” level, or the highest level a public power entity can achieve.  This designation is one step higher than three years ago.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best public power utilities in the U.S.,” said Bear Prairie, General Manager of Idaho Falls Power. “This is the recognition of a lot of hard work from a dedicated team who are committed to reliable and affordable service to our community. But this designation is not a final destination. We remain committed to continuing to find and implement ways to improve our operations and service to our customers.”

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Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, please contact City of Idaho Falls Public Information Officer, Bud Cranor at 208-612-8306 or at

For more information or to contact someone from APPA, please contact Tobias Sellier, American Public Power Association, 202-467-2927, or at

About Idaho Falls Power:  Idaho Falls Power is a municipal electric utility serving the corporate city limits of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The City has operated the utility continuously since its establishment in 1900. Learn more on our website.

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 tow

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