Operating budget is $24 million annually, of which $17 million represents power costs. The City of Washington is a member of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency - NCEMPA. This organization of municipal-owned electric systems in eastern North Carolina holds ownership interests in generating plants on the Progress Energy (formerly Carolina Power & Light Co.) system.
Washington is one of 72 public power communities in North Carolina. Public power is locally-controlled and locally-operated. Friends and neighbors are the utility employees. The electric revenue stays in towns and helps these public power communities grow and prosper. In most cases, public power communities are able to restore power faster and respond better to customer's needs and concerns because the utility employees also live in the towns in which they work. North Carolina's public power communities are united in power to ensure they provide their citizens with a safe, secure, and reliable supply of electricity.
For more information about Public Power in North Carolina, including information about saving money on your electric bill, safety around electricity, and children's activities, visit the NC Public Power website.