David McCuen
David McCuen
ABBEVILLE — Both recognition and derision came for the city of Abbeville's utilities services Tuesday night. While the city's public power utilities were lauded with a national award, one resident questioned the timing of a planned outage.
The American Public Power Association designated the Abbeville Public Utilities as one of 184 public power providers across the United States to receive the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3). Awarded on the basis of reliability, safety, workforce development and system upgrades, the award winners are selected from the more than 2,000 public power providers in the United States.

"We're honored to receive the RP3 designation," public utilities director Tim Baker said. "Our utility staff puts in a lot of hard work to serve this community. RP3 represents a much-appreciated recognition of this hard work."
Abbeville city manager David McCuen said the city's crews took pride in their records on safety and reliability.
"We haven't had a major outage in the past year," McCuen said. "We had two major winter storms and we're very proud of the fact that we didn't have an outage. You know, we take it personally when there's an outage and devote all of our resources to fixing it when we do."