NC's Public Power Communities Report Only Minor Scattered Outages Due to Storm

Jan 30, 2010, 16:22 ET from ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc.

Majority of Public Power Customers Maintain Reliable Electricity during Storm

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NC Public Power communities are reporting only minor scattered outages due to the severe winter storm moving across North Carolina. In anticipation of the storm, ElectriCities Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) was activated and ready to respond in outage areas. The EAP coordinates with all public power communities experiencing outages and dispatches crews from other parts of the state to help restore power.

Public power customers should report any power outages or downed lines directly to their local utility. A complete listing of outage reporting telephone numbers is available in the "Storm Central" section of

NC Public Power urges you to continue to monitor local conditions and follow the safety tips listed below:

  • Check for electrical damage inside your home, such as frayed wires, sparks or the smell of burning insulation. If you find damage outside your home, such as to your meter box, don't turn your power on until an electrician inspects your system and makes necessary repairs.
  • Do not connect a generator directly to your home's electrical system. It is dangerous to you, your neighbors and utility workers. Follow manufacturer's directions regarding connecting appliances directly to your generator. Use a generator only in a well-ventilated area.

ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc. (ElectriCities), North Carolina Municipal Power Agency Number 1 (NCMPA1), North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA) - More than 70 North Carolina public power communities, municipally owned and operated electric systems, serve more than 500,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in North Carolina. ElectriCities' members in NC, SC and VA serve more than one million customers. Most have been providing reliable electric service for 100 years or more. ElectriCities is the service organization that provides customer service and safety training, emergency and technical assistance, communications, government affairs and legal services to public power communities. ElectriCities provides management services to the state's two municipal power agencies: NCMPA1 and NCEMPA. NCMPA1 has 19 member cities in the western part of North Carolina and NCEMPA has 32 member cities in eastern North Carolina. More information about ElectriCities is available at More information about the Power Agencies and NC Public Power is available at

SOURCE ElectriCities of North Carolina, Inc.