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Newton earns three Public Power Awards of Excellence

NEWTON, NC (Oct. 16, 2013) – The City of Newton was among more than 20 cities and towns that received Public Power Awards of Excellence, which were announced at the 2013 ElectriCities Annual Conference. Newton earned three awards this year in the following categories: energy efficiency, financial stability and service excellence.

Energy Efficiency

The Energy Efficiency award recognizes efforts by the city with energy-efficient building programs, energy education and energy audits. Winners include: Albemarle, Benson, Concord, Dallas, Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, High Point, Kings Mountain, Kinston, Lexington, Monroe, Morganton, Newton, Rocky Mount, Shelby, Smithfield, Statesville, Tarboro and Wilson.

Financial Stability

The Financial Stability award recognizes customer options throughout the billing process, including: equal payment programs, alternate payment methods such as online billing and payment, credit card payments and multiple payment locations. This award also recognizes community partnerships to help customers in need and the implementation of new technology within the electric system. Winners include: Albemarle, Benson, Concord, Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, High Point, Kings Mountain, Kinston, Lexington, Morganton, Newton, Rocky Mount, Shelby, Smithfield, Statesville, Tarboro and Wilson.

Service Excellence

The Service Excellence award recognizes outstanding efforts by the city to communicate with customers through advertisements, online resources, social media or other community-based methods. The award also addresses emergency communications and community public power celebrations. Winners include: Albemarle, Benson, Concord, Dallas, Fayetteville PWC, Gastonia, Granite Falls, Greenville Utilities Commission, High Point, Kings Mountain, Kinston, Lexington, Monroe, Morganton, Newton, Rocky Mount, Shelby, Smithfield, Statesville, Tarboro and Wilson.

ElectriCities is the service organization that provides customer service and safety training, emergency and technical assistance, communications, government relations and legal services to public power communities. Newton is a member of NCMPA1, which has 19 member cities in the western part of North Carolina.