Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Electric Service is one of only six public electric utilities in the nation recognized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing customers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. NES was awarded the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Diamond status for the second time at APPAs annual Engineering & Operations Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 16. Receiving APPAs highest honor, the RP3 Diamond designation, allows us to join approximately four percent of the nations public utilities that have achieved this status, said Decosta Jenkins, NES president and CEO. This recognition is a tremendous testimony to both the quality work of our employees and the support and leadership of our board and management team.” Utilities are judged on four criteria – reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement – with RP3 Diamond status attained by those meeting 100 percent of the requirements. RP3 utilities are serving their customers at the very highest level, said Brent McKinney, chair of APPAs RP3 Review Panel. These utilities have demonstrated excellent service now and are keeping their eyes forward for future improvements. NES received the RP3 Platinum designation in 2006 and 2008, and the RP3 Diamond status in 2010. The utility will hold this most recent designation for two years. Located in Washington, D.C., APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state-owned electric utilities. Nashville Electric Service is one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, distributing energy to more than 360,000 customers in Middle Tennessee. For more information about NES, visit www.nespower.com.