City of Gastonia Electric Division Receives Statewide Awards

Men in two bucket trucks repairing large electric lines

The City of Gastonia’s Electric Division has again received Public Power Awards of Excellence from ElectriCities of North Carolina. This year, the Division received two awards, marking the fifth consecutive year it has received awards. The awards recognize the utility’s continued emphasis on innovation, modernization, high-quality service, workforce development, and value to its customers.

“We are proud to be recognized again this year by ElectriCities for the electric service we provide to our customers,” said Public Utilities Director Joe Albright. “Thank you to our great employees for their hard work and thank you to our customers for their confidence and trust in our Electric Division to provide safe, reliable and affordable power.”

Gastonia received the Workforce Planning and Development Award, which honors communities that work to develop, attract, and retain the necessary talent to provide safe, reliable power and to lead public power forward. Again, this year Gastonia was recognized for its partnership with Cleveland Community College, as well as training, and a rewards program for existing Electric employees.

Gastonia received the Wholesale Power Cost Award, which recognizes communities that provide competitive and stable wholesale rates that meet the power supply need of Power Agency members.

The City of Gastonia has owned and operated its own municipal electrical system since 1900. The City supplies an average of 56,000,000 KWH per month to its 26,700 residential, commercial and industrial customers through 10 substations throughout the City. About 45 employees work in the City of Gastonia’s Electric Division.

ElectriCities of North Carolina is an organization of 70 communities in North Carolina that have municipally owned electric systems, serving more than 1.2 million people.