Public Power Week 2015

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Carthage Water & Electric Plant (CW&EP) celebrate Public Power Week, Oct. 4-10, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans. Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity CW&EP provides to our community. Public power puts the people of Carthage first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens. Since 1898, CW&EP has made it a priority to satisfy completely the needs of our valued customers and will continue to do so.

CW&EP invited the Carthage community members to participate in a variety of Public Power Week events. Activities included:

  • Public Power Week Facebook Trivia – Members of our Facebook page will have the opportunity to engage with us by answering a daily trivia question, the first correct answer each day will be rewarded with a prize from a local vendor.
  •  Public Power Week Coloring Contest – Grades 2-4 at all Carthage R-9 elementary schools participated in a Public Power Week coloring contest. The winner of each grade from each school had their drawing published in the Carthage Press as well as on our social media pages on Wed., Oct. 7.
  • FREE Coffee in CW&EP Lobby – Monday, Oct. 5 – Oct. 9 (8am – 5pm), we provided free coffee in our lobby, this was open to the public.
  • CW&EP OPEN HOUSE – Friday, Oct. 9 (11:00am – 2pm) - CW&EP hosted an open house/customer appreciation luncheon on our main entrance parking lot. This event featured well the dedication for our new renewable energy storage system, as well as bucket truck rides, and give aways. We welcomed the Carthage community to come out and help us celebrate this event!

Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities, serving 48 million Americans. With no divided loyalties, these utilities are focused on a single mission — providing reliable electricity at a reasonable price, while protecting the environment. More at

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