North Carolina is home to more than 70 public power communities that provide safe, reliable electric service and outstanding customer service to more than 1.2 million people.
“As hometown utilities, public power communities always have the best interest of their local residents at heart,” said Roy Jones, CEO of ElectriCities, a non-profit organization that works with public power communities across North Carolina and beyond. “During the recent hurricane, it’s been a true inspiration to see public power communities rally around each other and lend a hand to help their neighbors in need. That type of dedication and support is a hallmark of public power communities.”
Gov. Cooper Commends Public Power Providers
Cities and towns across the nation are celebrating Public Power Week from October 7-13 with special events aimed at recognizing utility workers and promoting the value of public power. Gov. Roy Cooper issued a formal proclamation to celebrate public power, commending public power utilities as valuable assets that contribute to the well-being of the community.
This year’s theme — “public power for the public good” — is a testament to the many ways that local power providers improve the quality of life in their communities. Those efforts include promoting economic development initiatives that create new jobs, providing emergency assistance in the aftermath of storms, and much more.
Reliability: A Public Power Tradition
Statistics show that public power providers consistently outperform investor-owned utilities when it comes to reliability. Public power communities experience fewer power outages and get the power restored more quickly than others.
Reliability is a major reason why 86 percent of public power customers said they are satisfied with their service and would choose public power if given a choice, according to a statewide survey conducted earlier this year.
North Carolina has 24 communities — more than any other state —recognized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) as Reliable Public Power Providers. This special designation is awarded to utilities that provide outstanding reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.
A Rich History 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 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.
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 Power Agency (NCEMPA) and 19 members of N.C. Municipal Power Agency #1 (NCMPA1).