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The Reach of Public Power Extends Across North Carolina

October 02, 2017


The Reach of Public Power Extends Across North Carolina

OCTOBER 2, 2017 — In more than seventy cities and towns across North Carolina, homes and businesses are powered by municipal-owned utilities. These public power communities have a well-earned reputation for providing safe, reliable electric service and outstanding customer service to more than 1.2 million people in North Carolina.

Powered by ExcellenceThis week is celebrated as “Public Power Week” in North Carolina and nationwide. Gov. Roy Cooper issued a formal proclamation declaring the first week in October as Public Power Week to “commend our state’s public power cities and towns for their outstanding contributions to our communities.” The proclamation highlights public power utilities as “valuable assets that contribute to the well-being of the community and provide economic development opportunities.”

A statewide survey of 3,000 customers conducted this year found that 86% of residents are satisfied with public power.

“You can’t underestimate the importance of being local. Public power providers have the local community’s best interest at heart with everything they do,” said Roy Jones, CEO of ElectriCities, a non-profit organization that serves public power communities in North Carolina and beyond. “Local crews can quickly respond to power outages to get the lights back on, and local customer service representatives provide the type of personal attention that comes from being part of your community.”

Public power providers in North Carolina — and across the nation — consistently outperform investor-owned utilities when it comes to reliability. Public power experiences fewer power outages, and gets the power restored more quickly than others.

Twenty-three public power providers in North Carolina have been recognized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) as a Reliable Public Power Provider for providing outstanding reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.

A Rich Tradition of Public Power in North Carolina

Public power has a rich tradition in North Carolina that dates back to 1889, when the City of Statesville began using electric lights instead of gas street lamps to illuminate the tiny downtown area. Today, North Carolina is home to four of the nation’s largest public power providers: Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Greenville Utilities Commission, High Point, and Wilson Energy. The state ranks among the top 10 providers of public power in the nation.

Nationally, there are more than 2,000 public power providers who serve 49 million people.

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About ElectriCities of North Carolina

ElectriCities is the energy behind public power. For more than 50 years, ElectriCities has helped North Carolina public power communities provide safe, reliable and affordable power to their customers. ElectriCities serves more than 1.2 million people in North Carolina public power communities, including 32 members of the N.C. Eastern Municipal Agency (NCEMPA) and 19 members of N.C. Municipal Power Agency #1 (NCMPA1). Learn more at

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