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ElectriCities of North Carolina has announced that the city of Morganton’s Electric Services Department won two 2019 Public Power Awards of Excellence: the Value of Public Power Award and the Wholesale Power Cost Award.

“The commitment and dedication that North Carolina’s public power providers demonstrate to their local communities is extremely impressive,” said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. “They are constantly working, in ways big and small, to deliver better service and more value to the millions of North Carolina businesses and homes served by public power.”

Morganton won the Value of Public Power Award for effectively demonstrating and communicating the benefits of public power to its residents and stakeholders. Morganton was recognized for highlighting its Electric Service Department’s response to inclement-weather events through the use of social media, shining a spotlight on its linemen during Public Power Week with a lineman video series, and for getting involved in community outreach events.

ElectriCities awarded Morganton the Wholesale Power Cost Award for providing competitive and stable wholesale electric rates for its customers. Morganton was recognized for passing along an average 3 percent cost reduction to its customers in their bills, beginning on Aug. 1, 2019.

Additionally, the city’s Electric Services Department was recognized for effectively conducting load management at its power substations and implementing power saving measures, such as installing LED lights, fault current indicators, fuse cutoffs and line reclosures throughout its system.

“The men and women of our Electric Services Department work tirelessly to keep the lights on for all of our customers,” said City Manager Sally Sandy. “We are always searching for ways to serve our customers better, and we are very proud that our Electric Services Department has earned this well-deserved recognition.”

Morganton is one of 20 public power communities across the state that received Public Power Awards of Excellence this year.

ElectriCities is a membership organization including public power communities in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. There are 92 public power communities across these three states that are members of ElectriCities.

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