Colorado Springs Utilities has received the Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider designation from the American Public Power Association.

The city-owned utility said in a news release Tuesday that it is one of just 94 of the 2,000 public power utilities in the U.S. to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation for 2014, and one of only 23 to get the Diamond Level designation.

The RP3 designation, which is good for three years, goes to utilities that are proficient in four criteria: reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement. Colorado The local utility scored a combined 98 percent out of a possible 100 percent, which earned it the Diamond Level designation.

"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," Jerry Forte, Utilities' chief executive officer, said in the news release.

The award was presented Monday at the 2014 Engineering and Operations Technical Conference in Oklahoma City.