18 North Carolina Public Power Communities Recognized for Excellence

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RALEIGH, N.C. (March 29, 2022) — ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc., has presented 18 North Carolina communities with Public Power Awards of Excellence. The awards align with ElectriCities’ five strategic priorities, recognizing exceptional performance in:

  • Communicating the value of public power
  • Continuous improvement
  • Grid modernization
  • Wholesale power cost
  • Workforce planning and development

“The commitment and dedication North Carolina’s public power providers demonstrate to their communities is always impressive,” said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. “I’m proud of these award winners for continuing to find ways to deliver better service and more value to the communities they serve while meeting the challenges of the past few years head-on.”

This year’s award winners span the state, from Morganton to Greenville, and represent some of the state’s smallest and largest public power communities.

The 2021 Public Power Awards of Excellence and the winners of each are:

The VALUE OF PUBLIC POWER AWARD highlights communities that communicate the value of municipal electric system ownership to key stakeholders. This year’s winners are:

  • Dallas
  • Fayetteville Public Works Commission (PWC)
  • Granite Falls
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Kinston
  • Lexington
  • Maiden
  • New River Light & Power
  • Rocky Mount
  • Statesville
  • Wilson

The CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AWARD recognizes cities and towns 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:

  • Apex
  • Fayetteville PWC
  • Granite Falls
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Kinston
  • Maiden
  • Morganton
  • New River Light & Power
  • Rocky Mount
  • Statesville
  • Wilson

The GRID MODERNIZATION AWARD focuses on promoting investment in public power communities’ electric distribution systems and in technology to ensure safety and reliability and to exceed customer expectations. This year’s winners are:

  • Clayton
  • Fayetteville PWC
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Laurinburg
  • Morganton
  • New River Light & Power
  • Statesville
  • Wilson

The WHOLESALE POWER COST AWARD recognizes communities that provide competitive and stable wholesale electric rates that meet the power supply need of Power Agency members. This year’s winners are:

  • Fayetteville PWC
  • Gastonia
  • Granite Falls
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Kinston
  • Lexington
  • New River Light & Power
  • Rocky Mount
  • Statesville
  • Tarboro
  • Wilson

The WORKFORCE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT AWARD honors communities that promote a workforce plan to attract, develop, and retain the necessary talent to provide safe, reliable power and to lead public power forward. This year’s winners are:

  • Albemarle
  • Dallas
  • Fayetteville PWC
  • Gastonia
  • Granite Falls
  • Greenville Utilities Commission
  • Kinston
  • Lexington
  • Maiden
  • New River Light & Power
  • Rocky Mount
  • Statesville
  • Tarboro
  • 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.

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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 nearly 1.3 million people in North Carolina public power communities, including 32 members of the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) and 19 members of N.C. Municipal Power Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1).

Helpful Documents

2021 Annual Report

Our annual report includes an exclusive update and event highlights from the past year.

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Strategic Plan

The ElectriCities executive leadership team has outlined our strategic priorities and the efforts we’re taking to ensure we achieve them.

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Understanding ElectriCities

ElectriCities, the energy behind public power, is a not-for-profit membership organization that consolidates many of the administrative, technical, legal and legislative services needed by municipally owned electric utilities across the Carolinas and Virginia.

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