Public Power Week

Kids in Lineman Gear

2020 Public Power Week Expo

Due to COVID-19, the Wake Forest Board of Commissioners (BOC) agreed to cancel all Town-sponsored events at least through October, including this year's Public Power Week Expo. 

The decision to suspend these events was based on the unpredictability of the coronavirus, a desire to safeguard the health and safety of the community and an expectation that residents will not be allowed to gather safely in large groups for the foreseeable future. Currently, state law limits gatherings to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. 

The Public Power Week Expo is expected to resume in 2021.


As part of the annual 2019 week-long celebration, the Town and Wake Forest Power offered several special events and activities:

Kid's Poster Contest
Wake Forest-area kids, ages 12 and under, are invited to submit a picture/poster related to this year’s theme “Community Powered.” The pictures/posters should be no larger than 12”x12”. Staff will display as many of the submissions as possible in the Town Hall lobby. The winner will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

Kid's Scavenger Hunt
Children ages 12 and under who complete the 2019 Public Power Week Scavenger Hunt questionnaire and identify common “energy thieves” in the home will be entered to win a prize at the evening session of the Energy Expo on Thursday, Oct. 10, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Savings for Seniors Bingo
Wake Forest-area seniors are invited to enjoy a special morning of bingo on Tuesday, Oct. 8. From 1:30-3 p.m. Wake Forest Power will host “Savings for Seniors Bingo” in the Ground Floor Meeting Room of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Highlighting a variety of energy-savings ideas, this event will offer participants the chance to have fun and win prizes donated by local merchants. The meeting room is most easily accessed via Town Hall’s Taylor Street entrance. To participate, RSVP to Heather Mitchell at or 919-435-9479.

Daytime & Evening Energy Expo
Thursday, Oct. 10 ~ 10 am - 3 pm & 6 - 7:30 pm
Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St.
On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Town Hall lobby will be the scene of a daytime and evening energy savings and electric safety expo featuring hands-on demonstrations and representatives from Wake Forest Power, ElectriCities, Northern Regional Center, Resources for Seniors, ChurchNet, Wake County Human Services and more. The Town and Wake Forest Power will present the daytime expo from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., then welcome co-sponsor Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary for the evening edition from 6-7:30 p.m. All area residents are invited to attend and learn how to make their homes more energy efficient, save money on their electric bills, avoid electric hazards, and be safe around electricity. 

Man demonstrating how to use a utility tool

  • Register to Win Special Prizes
    During the energy expo participants can also register to win a variety of special prizes donated by local merchants. A complete list of sponsors and contributors is available below.
  • Electric Safety Demonstrations
    Also during the day on Oct. 10, Wake Forest Power linemen will offer on-demand electric safety demonstrations in Centennial Plaza for groups of two or more. The creative program will teach children and adults smart electrical safety habits, demonstrate the power of electricity and show the potential hazards associated with unsafe actions around power lines, pad mount transformers and switchgear. Participants will also experience what it is like to be a lineman and how they stay safe when working with electricity. By handling tools and safety equipment, visitors will have the chance to learn firsthand the importance of electrical safety. Wake Forest Power will also display a bucket truck and other equipment in the Town Hall parking lot for visitors to view and enjoy.
  • Free Hot Dogs
    Wake Forest Power will celebrate Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, Oct. 10, by giving away free hot dogs and sodas beginning at 11 a.m. Wake Forest area residents are invited to come get a hot dog while they last.


Crossword Puzzle Contest Woman riding a bike to create energy

  • From now through Wednesday, Oct. 9, Wake Forest Power residential electric customers can enter to win free electricity in October by participating in the Public Power Week Crossword Puzzle Contest. 

The deadline to enter is Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 5pm. Three winners will be announced during the evening Energy Expo on Oct. 10. You must be present at the evening Energy Expo (6-7:30 p.m.) to be eligible to win.

Customer Appreciation
Public Power Week is also Customer Appreciation Week. As our way of saying “thank you” to our valued customers, Town staff will serve popcorn each day in the lobby of Town Hall and give away special prizes. Staff will also be available to share information and answer questions about Wake Forest’s array of customer programs and services. Sign up for Wake Forest Pre Pay Power this week and receive a $20 account credit. For more information, contact Nicole Press at or 919-435-9468.

About Wake Forest Power

A division of the Town of Wake Forest, Wake Forest Power supplies electricity to approximately 5,000 residential and 1,300 commercial customers. A public power community since 1909, Wake Forest is one of 32 members of the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency (NCEMPA). For more information about Wake Forest Power, visit

For more information about Public Power Week events and activities, contact Customer Service Manager Andrew Brown, Jr. at 919-435-9466 or


A Special Thank You to Our 2019 Public Power Week Prize Contributors