CBPU Receives National Recognition for Reliable Electric Operations  

The Coldwater Board of Public Utilities is one of 82 of the nation's more than 2,400 public power utilities to earn Reliable Public Power Provider recognition from the American Public Power Association for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. Paul Allen, vice president, engineering at Nashville, Tenn., Electric Service and chair of APPA's RP3 Review Panel, presented the designees on March 21, during the association's annual Engineering and Operations Technical Conference, held in Nashville, Tennessee.

The RP3 designation lasts for three years and 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. The CBPU joins more than 250 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.
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“This designation is about more than just reliability. It’s about operational excellence,” said James. “These  utilities and their communities should be proud to represent the best of the best in the areas of reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.”

“This is a great honor,” said Jeff Budd, Director of the CBPU. “We take a lot of pride in our employees and the work they do to power this community. We are very happy to get this recognition for our initiative and hard work.”

The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 13 years now. The Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.
The CBPU electric distribution system source is primarily interconnected through 138 KV transmission lines of which are owned and operated by ITC Transmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC).

Minimizing Service Interruptions

Minimizing interruptions to our customers is of the highest priority for the CBPU. The most common causes of service interruptions in our area are animals, weather, and trees.
As a result, the CBPU manages an extensive equipment maintenance and tree trimming program of which can help prevent the large majority of interruptions.

During the past ten years, the CBPU has proudly reported that customers had electric service provided 99.99% of the time.
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