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Awards and Accolades

The goal of this page is to acknowledge NC Public Power communities and ElectriCities of N.C. for awards and accolades received. If your City/Town has received an award or accolade that should be included, please email Corporate Communications with details of the award and a link to the award page online.

Note that some awards are submitted in a preceding year and awarded the following year. Corporate Communications reserves the right to limit the number and type of awards listed at our discretion.

About the Awards

APPA Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation

The American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Reliable Public Power Provider program recognizes utilities that demonstrate high proficiency in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.

An RP3 designation is a sign of a utility's dedication to operating an efficient, safe, and reliable distribution system. Being recognized by the RP3 program demonstrates to community leaders, governing board members, suppliers, and service providers a utility’s commitment to its employees, customers, and community. Currently 274 of the nation's more than 2,000 public power utilities hold an RP3 designation.

As of 2020, ElectriCities of North Carolina has 27 members with RP3 designations — the highest out of all 50 states!

APPA Certificates of Excellence for Reliable Performance

A "certificate of excellence" for reliable performance as shown by comparing their outage records against nationwide data gathered by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). At the end of the year, the Association benchmarks their data against national statistics from EIA, which is a branch of the Department of Energy. Utilities that placed in the top quartile of reliability nationwide, as measured against the EIA's data on SAIDI received the certificate of excellence.

“These utilities have gone above and beyond to provide reliable electric service to their customers,” said American Public Power Association President & CEO Joy Ditto. “Maintaining this level of reliability requires strong leadership and a dedicated team of professionals that really cares about serving their community.”

APPA Safety Awards of Excellence

The American Public Power Association’s safety awards recognize utilities with the lowest safety incidence rate within their groups. Groups are determined by worker-hours of exposure. Receiving this designation is a sign of a utility's dedication to ensuring the safety of employees, reducing overall operating costs and potential liabilities as reflected in the community's annual budget.

APPA Smart Energy Provider designation

The American Public Power Association’s Smart Energy Provider program provides recognition to public power utilities that demonstrate their leading practices in the areas of energy efficiency, distributed generation, environmental stewardship and renewable energy. Utilities that successfully meet the guidelines in each area earn the designation as a Smart Energy Provider.
Member Awards 2020

Member Awards 2020

2020 Reliable Public Power Provider Designees
Diamond Level
• New River Light & Power Company
• Rocky Mount Public Utilities
• City of Statesville Electric Utilities
• Wilson Energy
2020 Reliable Public Power Provider Designees
Platinum Level
• Town of Apex
• Gaffney Board of Public Works
• City of Monroe
• Town of Tarboro
2020 Reliable Public Power Provider Designees
Gold Level
• Town of Cornelius
• Town of Huntersville
• Town of Pineville
2019 APPA Safety Awards of Excellence
• City of Albemarle
• Gaffney Board of Public Works (Gaffney, S.C.)
• Town of Granite Falls
• Greenville Utilities Commission
• Greer Commission of Public Works (Greer, S.C.)
• Laurens Commission of Public Works (Laurens, S.C.)
• New River Light and Power
• City of Newberry (Newberry, S.C.)
• Town of Smithfield
2019 APPA Certificates of Excellence for Reliable Performance
• Town of Apex
• City of Concord
• City of Monroe
• Town of Smithfield
• Town of Tarboro
• Town of Wake Forest
• Wilson Energy
ElectriCities Awards 2020

ElectriCities Awards 2020

ElectriCities of NC: Business Facilities Top Utilities 2020
The drive toward renewables has shaped the selection process for our annual list of Editor’s Picks: Top Utilities, as we focus on the readiness of the leading U.S. power players to meet the needs of an evolving market that is rapidly embracing a clean energy future. Sustainability is the watchword, and here, without further ado, are our choices for the cream of the crop. Cover image provided by ElectriCities of NC. Photo by Geoff Wood Photography.. Read the full article here.
Member Awards 2019

Member Awards 2019

2019 Public Power Award of Excellence winners
Continuous Improvement:
Albemarle, Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, Hamilton, Kinston, Maiden, New River Light & Power, Rocky Mount, Statesville, Tarboro, Washington, and Wilson.
Grid Modernization:
Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Greenville Utilities Commission, Kinston, New River Light & Power, and Wilson.
Wholesale Power Cost:
Albemarle, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, Kinston, Maiden, Morganton, New River Light & Power, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, Statesville, and Wilson
Workforce Planning and Development:
Albemarle, Apex, Dallas, Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, Kinston, Maiden, New River Light & Power, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, Statesville, and Wilson.
Value of Public Power:
Albemarle, Dallas, Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, Kinston, Lexington, Maiden, Morganton, New Bern, New River Light & Power, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, Statesville, Tarboro, and Wilson.
2019 APPA Smart Energy Provider designation
• Fayetteville PWC
• Rocky Mount Energy Resources
2019 APPA Communications Awards
• Fayetteville PWC – Award of Merit
• Greenville Utilities Commission – Award of Merit
2019 Reliable Public Power Provider Designees
Diamond Level
• Fayetteville PWC
• Granite Falls
• Greenville Utilities Commission
• High Point
• New Bern
• Rock Hill, S.C.
• Rocky Mount
• Shelby
• Wilson
2019 Reliable Public Power Provider Designees
Platinum Level
• Albemarle
• Clayton
• Clinton, S.C.
• Easley, S.C.
• Elizabeth City
• Gaffney, S.C.
• Greer, S.C.
• Kinston
• Lexington
• Monroe
• New River Light and Power
• Smithfield
• Statesville
• Tarboro
• Wake Forest
2019 Reliable Public Power Provider Designees
Gold Level
• Cornelius
• Danville, Va.
• Front Royal, Va.
• Gastonia
• Huntersville
• Lumberton
• Morganton
• Newton
2018 APPA Mutual Aid Commendation Award Recipients
City of Rocky Mount provided aid to:
• City of Laurinburg, 9.18
• City of New Bern, 9.18
• Danville Utilities, Va., 9.18
• Martinsville Electric Department, Va., 9.18
City of High Point provided aid to:
• Danville Utilities, Va., 9.18
Wilson Energy provided aid to:
• Town of Edenton, 6.18
• City of Laurinburg, 9.18
• City of Lexington, 10.18
• Danville Utilities, Va., 9.18
Town of Tarboro provided aid to:
• City of Laurinburg, 9.18
• City of Martinsville, Va., 10.18
• Danville Utilities, Va., 10.18
City of Kings Mountain provided aid to:
• City of Landis, 10.18
Town of Huntersville provided aid to:
• City of Landis, 10.18
• City of Lexington, 10.18
Town of Pineville provided aid to:
• City of Landis, 10.18
• City of Lexington, 10.18
City of Statesville provided aid to:
• City of Lexington, 10.18
Greenville Utilities Commission provided aid to:
• City of Edenton, 1.18
• City of New Bern, 9.18
Town of Apex provided aid to:
• City of Laurinburg, 9.18
City of Morganton provided aid to:
• Western Carolina University, 10.18
2018 APPA Safety Awards of Excellence
• Gastonia
• Morganton
• Shelby
• Statesville
• New River Light and Power
• Gaffney, S.C.
• Laurens, S.C.
2019 Great Places in America, “People’s Choice”
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Wilson, NC
2019 National Main Street Accreditation Winners (Economic Development)
Winners are businesses and citizens in the following public power communities:
Albemarle, Boone, Cherryville, Concord, Edenton, Elizabeth City, Lexington, Monroe, Morganton, New Bern, Newton, Shelby, Smithfield, Statesville, Wake Forest, Washington, Waynesville, Wilson
ElectriCities Awards 2019

ElectriCities Awards 2019

ElectriCities of NC: Business Facilities Top Utilities 2019
When Business Facilities makes its utilities choices, we’re not just measuring megawatts—we’re looking for the power players who are fast on their feet in embracing new technologies and proactively fine-tuning their sources of energy for a rapidly adjusting market. We’re looking for old-school reliability combined with cutting-edge efficiency. And we’re zeroing in on the players who always seem to have a seat at the table when the deals are cut for the most important economic development projects in their region. Today’s leading utilities are playing an integral role in the future prosperity of the communities they serve. They’re busy tailoring energy solutions to match the evolving requirements of the 21st century businesses that locations covet as engines of sustainable growth. They’re also playing a leading role in expanding the reach of renewables by delivering green energy at rates that make it competitive in all markets. Read the full article here.
2019 International Economic Development Council - Excellence in Economic Development Awards
• 2018, General Purpose Print Promotion: Facing East: The Public Power Communities of North Carolina
2019 Southern Economic Development Council Communications Awards
• 2019, ElectriCities of North Carolina website redesign
• 2018, Facing East: The Public Power Communities of North Carolina
• 2018, ElectriCities 2017 Annual Report
• 2018, State Fair Public House
2019 APPA Public Power Communications Awards
• “These Lines” video
• ElectriCities Website redesign
Graphic Design USA: 2019 American Graphic Design Awards
• Economic Development Flipbook
• Fayetteville PWC EV Charge Station
• The Future of Energy renewables brochure