The City of Morganton is celebrating the 26th annual Public Power Week October 7-13. City electric customers can stop by City Hall Monday through Friday, enjoy some refreshments and register to win a free energy-saving kit and other prizes.
The energy-saving kits include CFL light bulbs, a low-flow shower head and faucet attachments, foam sealer and more. The energy-saving kits were donated by ElectriCities, a membership organization that includes the City of Morganton and other public power communities in North Carolina.
The City will also send 300 activity sheets and crayons to Forest Elementary School, Mountain Crest Elementary School and New Dimensions school.
More than 45 million people in the United States receive power from a publicly owned utility. Los Angeles, Orlando and Portland are public power communities, just like us. In fact, here in North Carolina, more than 500,000 people receive their electric service from public power providers, including Fayetteville, Greenville, Rocky Mount, High Point and Gastonia.
The history of public power in North Carolina goes back to the late 19th century, when cities and towns from the mountains to the coast formed their own utilities to generate power for streetlights. Statesville was the first public power community, illuminating its streets in 1889. Throughout the early part of the 20th century, the demand for electricity grew as new electric appliances changed the way American homes operated. Public power communities shifted from delivering electricity to a few businesses in the downtown area to providing electric service to homes, business and industry throughout the town.
Today, more than 70 communities in North Carolina own and operate their systems. Public power provides more than just reliable electricity, local customer service and prompt restoration after outages, it generates local jobs, helps recruit businesses and fosters strong communities.
Drop by and register to win these prizes!