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15 North Carolina Public Power Communities Recognized for Excellence

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RALEIGH, N.C. — ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., presented 15 North Carolina communities with Public Power Awards of Excellence at ElectriCities’ 2023 Annual Conference held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The awards reflect public power’s strategic priorities, recognizing exceptional achievement in the following categories:

  • Future-focused Recognizing communities that develop a future-focused mindset
  • Strengthen Public Power Celebrating communities that build public and political support for public power
  • Provide Superior Power Highlighting communities that deliver reliable, affordable, and sustainable electric power
  • Customer-centered Innovation Celebrating public power providers that innovate and invest to better serve their customers and communities
  • People Recognizing cities and towns that leverage their people as their greatest asset

“There is tremendous value in public power, and this year’s Public Power Awards of Excellence recipients are going above and beyond to demonstrate that value and move public power’s future forward,” said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. “I’m honored to recognize these communities and the public power employees who put in the hard work each day to power their neighborhoods.”
This year’s award winners span the state, from Boone to New Bern and represent some of the state’s smallest and largest public power communities.

The 2022 Public Power Awards of Excellence and the winners of each category are:

The FUTURE-FOCUSED AWARD recognizes communities that develop a future-focused mindset. This year’s winners are:

  • Albemarle
  • Fayetteville PWC
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Kinston
  • New Bern
  • New River Light & Power

The STRENGTHEN PUBLIC POWER AWARD celebrates communities that build public and political support for public power. This year’s winners are:

  • Albemarle
  • Apex
  • Fayetteville PWC
  • Granite Falls
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Hamilton
  • Kinston
  • New Bern
  • New River Light & Power
  • Rocky Mount
  • Wilson

The PROVIDE SUPERIOR POWER AWARD highlights communities that deliver reliable, affordable, and sustainable electric power. This year’s winners are:

  • Fayetteville PWC
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Kinston
  • New Bern
  • New River Light & Power
  • Rocky Mount
  • Tarboro
  • Wilson

The CUSTOMER-CENTERED INNOVATION AWARD celebrates public power providers that innovate and invest to better serve their customers and communities. This year’s winners are:

  • Apex
  • Fayetteville PWC
  • Gastonia
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Maiden
  • New Bern
  • New River Light & Power
  • Rocky Mount
  • Wilson

The PEOPLE AWARD recognizes cities and towns that leverage their people as their greatest asset. This year’s winners are:

  • Albemarle
  • Fayetteville PWC
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Kinston
  • Maiden
  • New Bern
  • New River Light & Power
  • Rocky Mount
  • Statesville
  • Wilson

Nearly 1.3 million people in more than 70 cities and towns across North Carolina get their electricity from public power providers. Since these public power communities own their electric system, they maintain local control and decision making over their operations, providing unbeaten reliability, local jobs, and support for their local economy.

About ElectriCities of North Carolina

ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., is the membership organization that provides power supply and related critical services to over 90 community-owned electric systems in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia—collectively known as public power. ElectriCities manages the power supply for two power agencies in North Carolina and provides technical services to assist members in operating their electric distribution systems. ElectriCities also helps these locally owned and operated public power providers thrive today and in the future by delivering innovative services, including legislative, technical, communications, and economic development expertise.

Visit www.electricities.com to learn more about the benefits of public power and how ElectriCities helps communities keep the lights on through access to safe, reliable, and affordable energy.

Media contact
Deb Clark
Supervisor, External Communications, ElectriCities
919-760-6287
dclark@electricities.org

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