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2011 NC Public Power Awards of Excellence Announced

September 12, 2011

More than 20 cities and towns received Public Power Awards of Excellence during the ElectriCities Annual Conference awards banquet on August 26. The awards honor outstanding efforts in key areas such as creating a competitive business environment, legislative involvement on public power issues, customer service programs and energy efficiency promotion.

Competitive Business Environment
The Competitive Business Environment award recognizes efforts by the city to create a strong business climate, including economic development planning and community/regional partnering, an online economic development presence and focus on key accounts customers.

Albemarle, Cherryville, Concord, Cornelius, Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, High Point, Huntersville, Kings Mountain, Kinston, Lexington, Monroe, Morganton (honorable mention), Newton, Rocky Mount, Shelby and Statesville.

Energy Efficiency
The Energy Efficiency award recognizes efforts by the city with energy-efficient building programs, energy education, energy audits and weatherization programs.

Albemarle, Cherryville, Concord, Dallas (honorable mention), Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, High Point, Kings Mountain, Kinston, Lexington, Monroe, Morganton, New River Light & Power, Newton, Rocky Mount, Shelby, Smithfield, Statesville and Wilson.

Financial Stability
The Financial Stability award recognizes customer options throughout the billing process, including equal payment programs, alternate payment methods such as online billing and payment, credit card payments and multiple payment locations. This award also recognizes community partnerships to help customers in need and the implementation of new technology within the electric system.

Albemarle, Benson, Cherryville, Concord, Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, High Point, Kings Mountain, Kinston, Lexington, Monroe, Morganton, Newton, Rocky Mount, Shelby, Smithfield, Statesville and Wilson.

Legislative Involvement
The Legislative Involvement award recognizes city staff and officials’ involvement in the legislative process on issues pertaining to public power, including participation in the ElectriCities Public Power PAC. The award recognizes participation in ElectriCities-sponsored events and involvement in the Public Power Grassroots Network.

Cherryville, Concord, Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, High Point, Kings Mountain, Lexington, Newton and Rocky Mount.

Service Excellence
The Service Excellence award recognizes outstanding efforts by the city to communicate with customers through advertisements, online resources, social media or other community-based methods. The award also addresses emergency communications and community public power celebrations.

Albemarle, Cherryville, Concord, Dallas, Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, High Point, Kings Mountain, Kinston, Lexington, Monroe, Morganton, New River Light & Power, Newton, Rocky Mount, Shelby, Smithfield, Statesville and Wilson.