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Diamond Recognition

Cleveland Public Power Recognized As A Reliable Public Power Provider
Local utility receives highest designation, an RP3 Diamond

Cleveland Public Power (CPP) received the Diamond designation from the American Public Power Association for being a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)®. The honor for providing reliable and safe electric service was presented by Neil James, Manager of Distribution Operations at ‎Santee Cooper, South Carolina and chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel, in April during the Association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Raleigh, N.C. 

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. CPP joins more than 240 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation. This year 250 municipals applied and 180 earned a RP3 designation which reflects 12% of municipal electric systems. In the prior two RP3 evaluations CPP earned the second highest designation as a Platinum rated system. This year 28 utilities earned a Gold designation, 49 earned Platinum designation and 41 earned Diamond designation.

“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 Ivan Henderson, Commissioner of Cleveland Public Power. “We take a lot of pride in the work we do to power this community. We are very happy to get this recognition for our initiative and hard work.”

CPP has been recognized as an RP3 utility for the last four years, but each year the utility was a few points shy of the highest honor leading Commissioner Henderson to comment, “I am proud to say that as a team we succeeded.”


 In business since 1906, CPP is the largest municipal power company in Ohio. Today, CPP boasts 36 substations throughout the city and serves more than 80,000 residential and commercial customers. Cleveland Public Power remains strong, safe and viable as it strategically positions itself for the future. As one of the most reliable systems in the nation, CPP’s employees want its customers to know that they are committed to continuing to provide quality service for the next 100 years… you can Count on it!

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.