RALEIGH, N.C., May 2, 2002 — In an effort to increase awareness of the value and benefits of public power in North Carolina, ElectriCities has unveiled a new web site. It can be found at http://www.ncpublicpower.com. The idea is to get public power towns to link to the web site from their own sites.
“Many public power cities have their own web sites, but they do not go into detail about being an electric city,” said Communications Manager Bryan Moore. “This is a way to help these cities educate their citizens about public power without the time and effort it would take to do it themselves.”
The web site is also geared toward safety and energy saving education and has an entire section devoted to children. “Kids can learn quite a lot from this web site, and because some of it is interactive, it can even be a valuable teaching tool in a classroom,” said Moore.
In North Carolina, there are 72 public power communities across the state. Twenty -one cities are independent distributors of electricity. These towns buy their power wholesale and then resell it to their customers. The other 51 cities are actually owners of their own generation.
They joined together to form two groups or agencies: North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1) in the western part of the state and North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) in eastern North Carolina.
The Power Agency cities issued tax-exempt municipal bonds to help Duke Power and CP&L finish construction on several much-needed power plants back in the 1970’s and early 80’s. These cities therefore share ownership in the plants with Duke and CP&L.
ElectriCities is a non-profit government service organization representing cities, towns and universities that own electric distribution systems. ElectriCities provides customer service and safety training, emergency and technical assistance, communications, government affairs and legal services.