CWEP Honored with National Award for Reliable Electric Operations

CWEP has been recognized as one of the nation’s top public power providers. Photo courtesy CWEP

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Carthage Water & Electric Plant (CWEP) has been recognized as one of the nation’s top rated publicly owned utilities in the country. CWEP has earned the Diamond Level – Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing reliable and safe electric service. The Diamond Level rating is the highest level of recognition awarded by the APPA.

The RP3 designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that have demonstrated proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Earning this badge of honor involves a rigorous process proving a utility’s sound business and management practices, financial stability, and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity. Out of the more than 2,000 public power utilities nation-wide, only 271 currently hold the RP3 designation, and only 109 earned the Diamond level of designation.

Chuck Bryant, CWEP General Manager, stated “I am very proud that CWEP once again received this prestigious designation from APPA. CWEP has served the City of Carthage for 125 years, and from our Board of Directors to every CWEP employee, our mission remains to provide safe, reliable, and low-cost services to our friends and neighbors. The men and women of CWEP pour their hearts into everything they do, and this award is a true testament of their efforts.”


“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.”

2023 marks the 18th year that the RP3 recognition has been offered through APPA. The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide.