MPU has earned the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3)® Diamond Level designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service. Neil James, chair of the Association’s RP3 Review Panel, presented the designations on April 30th 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. MPU joins more than 240 public power utilities nationwide that hold the RP3 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.”
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Manitowoc Public Utilities is presently reviewing proposals from qualified vendors for Automated Meter Reading Infrastructure (AMI). The system will initially replace all electric meters in the City of Manitowoc, and target water meters in a later phase.
AMI uses state-of-the-art metering and communication technology to permit secure two-way remote communication with utility meters located at businesses and residences in the city. The two way communication will be used to collect daily kilowatt-hour meter readings for billing, monitor system voltages, and provide power outage notifications. Overall, AMI will provide proactive customer service, improve system reliability, provide for power outage notification and management, and permit more efficient delivery of utility services. Long term, AMI can be used for electric distribution system automation, load management, and dynamic energy pricing.
A tariff request with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin has also been filed to allow customers who do not wish to have a two-way communication meter installed on their premise to opt-out by paying an additional monthly fee to cover the cost of manual reads. Vendor proposal reviews are ongoing, with a final recommendation expected in mid-July.