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Idaho Falls Power recognized with prestigious RP3 designation

04 June 24

Idaho Falls Power has been awarded the Diamond Level of Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® National Designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing reliable and safe electric service. The Diamond Level is the highest level of achievement for a public power utility.

The RP3 designation, which is awarded every 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. Idaho Falls Power is one of 2,000 public power utilities in the United States. Less than six percent of public power utilities hold the Diamond designation.

“We are honored to continue this tradition of providing affordable and reliable electric service to our community,” said Idaho Falls Power General Manager Bear Prairie. “This recognizes the hard work of a dedicated team, committed to the Idaho Falls community. We remain focused on continuing to identify and implement ways to improve our operations and service to our customers while also focusing on maintaining our low rates.” Idaho Falls Power has maintained an RP3 designation since 2010 and has achieved the top-performing Diamond Level since 2021.

“Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor signifying a utility has demonstrated commitment to industry best practices,” said Jeremy Ash, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and Chief Operating Officer at Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, Kansas. "And ultimately, the culture developed from this pursuit of excellence and continued improvement through the RP3 program results in measurable value delivered to the local community.”

The American Public Power Association has offered the RP3 designation for 18 years now. APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in nearly 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.

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Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview please contact City of Idaho Falls Public Information Officer Eric Grossarth at (208) 612-8562 or