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Public Power Awards of Excellence

May 10, 2018

RALEIGH, NC (May 9, 2018)— ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., has announced the recipients of the 2017 Public Power Awards of Excellence. The awards align with ElectriCities’ five strategic priorities and recognize achievement in the areas of communicating the value of public power, grid modernization, continuous improvement, workforce development and wholesale power cost.

“It is an honor to recognize these outstanding public power communities for their commitment to providing exceptional reliability and superior service to their customers,” said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. “These hardworking employees and community leaders are truly at the heart of public power, showing tireless dedication and exemplifying what it means to be a committed community partner.”

The grid modernization award recognizes efforts to promote investment in public power communities’ electric distribution systems and in technology to ensure safety and reliability and exceed customer expectations. This year’s winners are: Gastonia, Greenville, New River Light & Power, Fayetteville, Rocky Mount, Statesville and Wilson.

The value of public power award recognizes a communities’ efforts to communicate the value of electric system ownership to key stakeholders. This year’s winners are: Fayetteville, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville, Kinston, Maiden, New Bern, New River Light & Power and Rocky Mount.

The wholesale power cost award recognizes a cities’ ability to provide competitive and stable wholesale electric rates that meet the power supply need of Power Agency Members. This year’s winners are: Albemarle, Gastonia, Greenville, Granite Falls, Kinston, Maiden, Newton, New River Light & Power, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, Statesville and Wilson.

The workforce planning and development award honors communities that promote a workforce plan to attract, develop and retain the necessary human talent to provide safe, reliable power and lead public power forward. This year’s winners are: Fayetteville, Greenville and Rocky Mount.

The continuous improvement award recognizes communities that constantly review and enhance all aspects of public power while focusing on cost reduction and increased efficiencies in current and future operations. This year’s winners are: Fremont, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville, Kinston, Maiden, New River Light & Power, Fayetteville and Rocky Mount.


 About ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc.

ElectriCities is a membership organization including public power communities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. ElectriCities also provides management services to North Carolina’s two municipal power agencies: North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 and North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency. Learn more at