Sixteen Public Power Communities Recognized Across North Carolina
RALEIGH, NC (FEB. 10, 2021) — ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc. has presented sixteen North Carolina communities with Public Power Awards of Excellence. The awards – which align with ElectriCities’ five strategic priorities – recognize exceptional achievement in communicating the value of public power, grid modernization, workforce development, wholesale power cost, and continuous improvement.
“It’s exciting to see the many achievements in North Carolina public power communities each year,” said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. “I am always impressed by the ingenuity and true commitment of public power communities, particularly throughout 2020 when cities and towns were faced with challenges no one could have anticipated. We are proud of these public power communities and are grateful for their dedication.”
ElectriCities’ annual awards celebrate praiseworthy performance among public power communities across the state and shine a light on work being done that enhances the safe, reliable, and affordable energy provided to North Carolina businesses and homes served by public power.
The 2020 Public Power Awards of Excellence include:
The VALUE OF PUBLIC POWER AWARD highlights communities that communicate the value of electric system ownership to key stakeholders. This year’s winners are Albemarle, Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, Kinston, Maiden, Morganton, New Bern, New River Light and Power, Rocky Mount, Statesville, Tarboro, and Wilson.
The GRID MODERNIZATION AWARD focuses on promoting investment in public power communities’ electric distribution systems and in technology to ensure safety and reliability, as well as exceeding customer expectations. This year’s winners are Albemarle, Apex, Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Greenville Utilities Commission, Kinston, New River Light and Power, Statesville, Tarboro, 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 Albemarle, Apex, Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, Kinston, Morganton, New River Light and Power, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, Statesville, and 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 Albemarle, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, Kinston, Morganton, New River Light and Power, Rocky Mount, Smithfield, Statesville, and 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 Fayetteville Public Works Commission, Greenville Utilities Commission, Kinston, New River Light and Power, Tarboro, and Wilson.
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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.
VP, Communications, ElectriCities