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Princeton earns safety, reliability awards

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:24 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 1:30 p.m. CDT
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Princeton Assistant Superintendent of Electric and Telecommunications Jeffery Mangrich (left) accepts safety and reliability awards from the Illinois Municipal Utilities Association’s President/CEO Kevin Gaden (right) recognizing the electric department’s outstanding safety and reliability records at a ceremony held during the association’s annual meeting in Springfield on May 15.

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Municipal Utilities Association (IMUA) recently honored the city of Princeton for having earned a first-place award in its category in the American Public Power Association’s Safety Award for Excellence competition and for being named one of the most reliable municipal public power systems in North America.

Princeton earned the safety award by logging 33,280 employee hours of work without incurring a single lost-time accident or injury. This is the eighth consecutive year that Princeton has earned this award.

IMUA also recognized Princeton’s accomplishment of being designated as one of the American Public Power Association’s Reliable Public Power Providers (RP3). The Reliable Public Power Provider designation recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: Reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Criteria within each category are based on sound business practices and represent a utility-wide commitment to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity. Of the more than 2,000 municipal electric systems in North America, only 184 have earned the RP3 designation. Three of those systems are in Illinois.

The RP3 recognizes three classes of distinction: Gold, platinum and diamond, with diamond being the highest level. Currently, only 35 municipal systems have achieved diamond level status. Princeton is the only Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider in Illinois.

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