ElectriCities Earns National Recognition for Communications Efforts


ElectriCities Awarded Multiple Communications Awards by the American Public Power Association

RALEIGH (OCT. 29, 2020) — ElectriCities has been recognized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) for its communications efforts, earning two Public Power Communications Awards. An Award of Merit was won in the Web and Social Media category for ElectriCities’ Outage Communication Resources webpage, and an Award of Excellence was won in the Video category for a “How I Got Into Energy” feature.

ElectriCities is one of only forty-two public power electric utilities and utility organizations that earned Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards from the American Public Power Association this year. The awards were presented during APPA’s virtual Customer Connections Conference (October 27-28). The national awards recognize utilities that demonstrate outstanding work in print, digital, web, social media, and video communications.

Both of ElectriCities’ winning entries serve as resources for members and are publicly available on the ElectriCities website. The Outage Communications Resource webpage was created as a one-stop-shop to help utilities communicate with customers around power outages. The new page joins similar toolkits including turnkey resources for hurricane preparedness and crisis communications. The awarded video serves not only to highlight the faces of public power, but also as a reminder of the value of public power and the seriousness with which linemen dedicate themselves to their careers.

“As communicators, our job is to showcase the value of public power to internal and external stakeholders across all communication channels,” said Shane Poteete, Brand + Creative Strategy Manager at ElectriCities. “Whether that comes in the form of a video, new resource on our website, or printed materials, we’re constantly evolving creatively to meet our members’ needs through messaging and communications. I continue to be encouraged by the amount – but more importantly the quality – of materials we produce in-house for our member communities. It’s important work and we’re thrilled to be recognized at a national level for that work.”

In 2019, ElectriCities won American Public Power Association awards for a video showcasing lineworker dedication and for the redesign of the ElectriCities website.


About the American Public Power Association (APPA)

APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. It represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. The association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Our members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power.  More information about the winners of the 2020 Excellence in Public Power Communications Awards can be found here.

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

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