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Colorado Springs Utilities rates tops for reliable service

Published: April 8, 2014, 5:11 pm, by Monica Mendoza

When it comes to reliable service, Colorado Springs Utilities is a gem.

The publicaly-owned utility company was presented with the Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider designation from the American Public Power Association for providing “the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service.”

That puts the Springs utilities in a small group — 94 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities earned the RP3 designation for 2014, and 23 earned the Diamond Level or highest designation.

To earn the designation, Utilties had to sparkle in four key areas: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

“This recognition puts Colorado Springs Utilities among the most reliable power providers in the nation,” said Jerry Forte, Utilities CEO. “It’s an honor to receive the highest designation and a testament to the efforts of our employees who help deliver high-quality, dependable electric services to our customers.”

 The news was announced by Utilites on the same day the City Council will consider a six-figure raise for the Utilites CEO. Council will vote Tuesday on a proposed $100,269 increase to Forte’s base salary to be phased in over three years. If approved, his total compensation would be $447,175.