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Newton Named Reliable Public Power Provider

NEWTON, NC (June 6, 2018)—The City of Newton Electric Utility Division has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.

Roy Jones, chief executive officer of ElectriCities, presented the city with a plaque honoring the achievement during the June 5 Newton City Council Meeting. Jones noted that out of more than 2,000 public power providers nationwide, only 254 have received the designation.

Neil James, manager of distribution operations at ‎Santee Cooper, SC, and chair of the American Public Power Association’s Reliable Public Power Provider review panel, presented the designations during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Raleigh.

The designation, which lasts for three years, recognizes public power utilities that demonstrate proficiency in four key disciplines: reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Criteria include sound business practices and a utility-wide commitment to safe and reliable delivery of electricity.

“This designation is about more than just reliability. It’s about operational excellence,” James said. “These utilities and their communities should be proud to represent the best of the best in the areas of reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement.”

“Newton’s electric staff work around the clock to keep the lights on in Newton,” Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “Our response time to outages is among the best in the state, and that high level of customer service is made possible thanks to their dedication. I applaud the Electric Utility Division on bringing home this award.”

“This is a great honor,” said Doug Wesson, Newton’s Electric Utility Division manager. “We take a lot of pride in the work we do to power this community. We are very happy to get this recognition for our initiative and hard work.”

The American Public Power Association has offered the Reliable Public Power Provider designation for 13 years. The association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 49 million people in 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The association advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations.

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Newton was recently designated a Reliable Public Power Provider by the American Public Power Association. Pictured from left are Newton Public Works and Utilities Director Dusty Wentz, Newton Electric Utility Division Manager Doug Wesson, Newton Finance Director Serina Hinson, and ElectriCities Chief Executive Officer Roy Jones.