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May 31, 2023 (SAN ANTONIO) – CPS Energy, the largest community- owned electric and gas utility in the United States, has earned a Diamond Level designation for being a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) ®  from the American Public Power Association (APPA). This award honors a utility for providing reliable and safe electric service. CPS Energy previously received a Diamond Level designation in 2019.

A photo of RP3 Public Power Award
Photo by Vincent McDonald

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate high 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. CPS Energy joins 271 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 designation.

“Receiving an RP3 designation is a great honor signifying a utility has demonstrated commitment to industry best practices,” said Troy Adams, Chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel and General Manager at Manitowoc Public Utilities, Wisconsin. “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”

“I am very proud of our team at CPS Energy for receiving a designation focused on providing safe and reliable power to our community,” said Rudy D. Garza, President & CEO of CPS Energy. “CPS Energy’s one team mentality is evident in this award and our team will continue to be focused on how we can deliver excellent service to our customers. We thank APPA for this distinction and are proud to be an industry-leading organization.”

More information about the RP3 designation can be found here.


About CPS Energy

Established in 1860, CPS Energy is the nation’s largest community-owned provider of electric and natural gas services.  We provide safe, reliable, and competitively priced services to 907,526 electric and 373,998 natural gas customers in San Antonio and portions of seven adjoining counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the nation’s 20 largest cities while generating $9 billion in revenue for the City of San Antonio over the last 80 years.  Our Vision 2027 strategic plan is designed to guide CPS Energy through rapid transformational change in our city.  As a trusted and reliable community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development, and educational investment.  We are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through our employees’ volunteerism, our community engagement efforts and programs aimed at bringing value and assistance to our customers.

About APPA

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 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.

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