City of Statesville recognizes work of electric utilities department

Posted at 3:00 PM on Oct 10, 2019

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Special to SVLfreenews.com

Mayor Costi Kutteh presented a proclamation recognizing Oct. 6-12 as Public Power Week during Monday’s Statesville City Council meeting.

Statesville is one of more than 70 public power communities across the state that provide safe, reliable electric service and outstanding customer service to more than 1.2 million people.

“We take tremendous pride in being a public power provider and bringing value to the people who live and work here,” said John Maclaga, Electric Utilities Director. “Our local utility workers respond quickly to power outages and our customer service team is known for providing friendly service to their neighbors.”

Public power has a rich tradition in North Carolina that dates back to 1889, when the City of Statesville began using electric lights instead of gas street lamps to illuminate the downtown area.

Currently, Statesville has 13,000 customers and 250 miles of distribution lines.

Statesville has been recognized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) as a Reliable Public Power Provider for providing outstanding reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. It is one of 25 public power communities in North Carolina to receive this special designation – more than any other state.

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