The Town of Clayton has been named a recipient of a 2021 Public Power Award of Excellence from ElectriCities of North Carolina.
Clayton is one of only 18 public power communities across North Carolina to receive the honor. The Public Power Awards recognize municipalities for exceptional performance in the areas of communicating the value of public power, continuous improvement, grid modernization, wholesale power cost, and workforce planning and development.
“I’m proud of our town’s commitment to providing safe, reliable, and affordable power to our community. This recognition is a testament to their unwavering dedication and the pride they take in doing exceptional work,” said Interim Town of Clayton Manager Rich Cappola. “Being powered by a municipally owned electric system is a tremendous benefit to our town and to our customers. It enables us to deliver more reliable service than other providers, as well as local jobs and unmatched customer service.”
The Town of Clayton received the public power award in the category of Grid Modernization. This award focuses on promoting investment in public power communities’ electric distribution systems and in technology to ensure safety and reliability and to exceed customer expectations.
“The commitment and dedication North Carolina’s public power providers demonstrate to their communities is always impressive,” said ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones. “I’m proud of these award winners for continuing to find ways to deliver better service and more value to the communities they serve while meeting the challenges of the past few years head-on.
Jones, who presented the award to the Town on Monday, April 18, said Clayton Public Power was nominated for the award because of its investment in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) over the last year, which allows for daily, real-time monitoring of consumption. With AMI, customers can monitor consumption through an online portal, which gives them the power to self-audit their usage and conserve energy use.
ElectriCities CEO Roy Jones presents the 2021 Public Power Award of Excellence plaque to Revenue and Utility Customer Director Ann Game at the Town of Clayton at the April 18, Town Council Meeting. From left are Finance Director Robert McKie, Energy Services Technician Ethan Poppe, Program Support Specialist Penny Adams, Revenue and Utility Customer Director Ann Game, Roy Jones, Electric System Superintendent Mack Keen, and Interim Town Manager Rich Cappola.
Town of Clayton Electric Department Group Photo