Nashville, Tenn. – Nashville Electric Service is one of only six public electric utilities in the nation to receive the electric industrys highest designation this year for areas such as reliability and safety. NES was awarded the American Public Power Associations Reliable Public Power Providers (RP3¨) Diamond status. Utilities were judged on four criteria – reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement – with RP3 Diamond status attained by those meeting 100 percent of these requirements. Eighty-eight utilities were given RP3 Platinum and Gold designations for scoring 90 percent and 80 percent, respectively. Its an honor to be a national RP3 Diamond designee and to join the approximately 4 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 employee/management team. RP3 Diamond, Platinum and Gold designations were announced at the APPAs annual Engineering & Operational Technical Conference in Omaha, Neb., on March 29. The program is in its fifth year. The RP3 designation represents a high level of service to communities all over the country, said Michael Hyland, vice president of Engineering Services for the APPA. These 94 utilities stand out as models of safe and reliable utility operations. NES received the RP3 Platinum designation in 2006 and 2008. The utility will hold the RP3 Diamond status for two years. Located in Washington, D.C., the APPA is the national organization representing more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community- and state-owned electric utilities.