The American Public Power Association (APPA) recognized 12 TVPPA members through their Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) and Smart Energy Provider programs (SEP) along with awards in Excellence in Public Power Communications for 2021.

APPA’s RP3 program recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in four key areas: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Nine TVPPA members received the RP3 designation, which they will keep for three years.

Diamond level:

  • Knoxville Utilities Board, Tenn.
  • Memphis Light, Gas & Water Division, Tenn.

Platinum Level:

  • BrightRidge, Tenn.
  • Milan Department of Public Utilities, Tenn.
  • Lewisburg Electric System, Tenn.
  • Municipal Utilities Board of the City of Albertville, Ala.
  • Tullahoma Utilities Authority, Tenn.

Gold Level:

  • McMinnville Electric System, Tenn.
  • Paris Utility Authority, Tenn.

The SEP program recognizes utilities for demonstrating commitment to and accomplishment in smart energy program planning, energy efficiency and distributed energy resources, environmental and sustainability programs, and communication and customer experience. Two TVPPA members received SEP designations, which they hold for two years:

  • CDE Lightband, Tenn.
  • Chattanooga EPB, Tenn.

The annual Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards are judged in three categories: print/digital, web/social media and video. Awards were given to those that showed ingenuity and creativity in telling their stories through outstanding copy, design, financial data presentation, graphics, social media engagement, video editing, and web layout and interactivity. Two TVPPA members received awards in Class A: Gross revenues of $400 million or more:


  • Award of Merit – Knoxville Utilities Board, Tenn.


  • Award of Merit – Huntsville Utilities, Ala.