Morganton is celebrating Public Power Week October 6-12, along with public power communities throughout North Carolina and the nation, with a series of special events to recognize utility workers and promote the value of public power.
Morganton is one of more than 70 public power communities across North Carolina that provide safe, reliable electric service and outstanding customer service to more than 1.2 million people.
“We take tremendous pride in being a public power provider and serving our local community,” said City Manager Sally Sandy. “Our linemen have shown time and again that they are proactive in their approach to keeping the power on, quick to respond to any outages and provide friendly service to anyone using the City of Morganton’s electric service.”
The Electric Services Department will have a display set up at City Hall next week with pamphlets explaining the benefits of being a Public Power Provider, small gifts and refreshments. There will be daily drawings for Energy Efficiency Kits, and City utility customers can sign up for free Energy Efficiency Audits to be performed at their homes.
The City’s Electric Services employees work diligently to provide reliable electricity to all customers. When there is an outage due to a storm, falling trees, or unexpected events, our staff does what it takes, no matter the hour, to restore power service as soon as possible.
A statewide survey of 2,300 customers conducted this year found that 85 percent of public power customers are satisfied with their service and would choose public power if given a choice.
“If you live in a public power community, you have the benefit of being served by a utility that is customer focused and community powered. As hometown utilities, public power puts the people of our communities first,” said Roy Jones, CEO of ElectriCities, a non-profit organization that serves public power communities in North Carolina and beyond. “Public Power Week gives communities across North Carolina an occasion to celebrate the tremendous value that comes from locally grown, locally owned power providers.”
Since 2006, the City of Morganton has been recognized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3 Award) for providing outstanding reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. It is one of 25 public power communities in North Carolina to receive this special designation.
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. Morganton has been a public power community since 1899. Read more on this history of public power in Morganton here: https://www.morgantonnc.gov/index.php/government/electric-services/history-of-electric-services.
Fast facts about Morganton's Electric Service:
- Electric service was established in 1891.
- Morganton's Town Commissioners purchased the City's first electric plant in 1899, officially making Morganton a public power community.
- The City serves more than 8,300 customers.
- Morganton operates and maintains more than 220 miles of power lines.