Benton PUD was one of 25 utilities across the nation to earn the Diamond Reliable Public Power Provider designation by the American Public Power Association this year.
The reliable public power designation recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in reliability, safety, system improvement and work force development. Criteria within each of the four areas are based on sound business practices and recognized industry leading practices.
The diamond designation received by the Benton Public Utility District is the highest of three designation levels.
“This designation is a tribute to our employees and the leading-edge procedures and best practices they have put into place to ensure we maintain an efficiently run electric system that is reliable and safe,” said Chad Bartram, Benton PUD general manager, in a statement.
The application contained more than 500 pages of material documenting how Benton PUD meets or exceeds industry standards for each of the categories. It was judged by a committee of utility representatives across the nation.
The designation must be applied for every three years.