Celebrate Public Power Week October 1-7

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - 5:00pm

The Town of Wake Forest and Wake Forest Power (WFP) are joining more than 2,000 not-for-profit utilities in celebrating Public Power Week October 1-7. As part of this annual week-long celebration, the Town and Wake Forest Power will offer the following free events and activities:


Public Power Week Trivia Contest
From now through Wednesday, Oct. 4, WFP residential customers can enter to win free electricity in October by visiting http://bit.ly/WFPublicPowerWeek and participating in the Public Power Week Trivia Contest. Everyone who answers all the questions correctly will be entered in the drawing for free electricity. Three winners will be announced during the afternoon Energy Expo on Thursday, Oct. 5.


Savings for Seniors Bingo
Wake Forest-area seniors are invited to enjoy a special morning of bingo on Monday, Oct. 2, from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Ground Floor Meeting Room of the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. Highlighting a variety of energy-savings ideas, “Savings for Seniors Bingo” will offer participants the chance to have fun and win Public Power merchandise, along with prizes donated by local merchants. Please note: The Ground Floor Meeting Room is most easily accessed via Town Hall’s Taylor Street entrance. For more information, contact Community Outreach Assistant Kiel Ortiz at 919-435-9479 or [email protected].


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 a variety of special prizes. Staff will also be available to share information and answer questions about WFP’s array of customer programs and services. For more information, contact Administrative Specialist Jenna Gonzales at 919-435-9573 or [email protected].


Daytime & Afternoon Energy Expo
On Thursday, Oct. 5, the Town Hall lobby will be the scene of a daytime and afternoon Energy Savings & Electric Safety Expo. Featuring hands-on demonstrations and representatives from Wake Forest Power, ElectriCities, Northern Regional Center, NC811, ChurchNet, Wake County Human Services, and more, the daytime event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., while the afternoon edition is scheduled from 4:30-6 p.m. 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. During the energy expo, participants can also register to win Public Power merchandise, as well as special prizes donated by local merchants.

Free Hot Dogs
WFP will celebrate Customer Appreciation Day on Thursday, Oct. 5, by giving away free hot dogs and soft drinks beginning at 11 a.m. Area residents are invited to get a hot dog while they last.


Electric Safety Demonstrations
Also, during the day on Thursday, Oct. 5, WFP 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’s 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. WFP will also display a bucket truck and other equipment in the Town Hall parking lot for visitors to view and enjoy.


A special thanks to the following local businesses for generously contributing to this year’s Public Power Week: Jeremiah’s Italian Ice – Wake Forest, Dr. Monkey’s Ridiculously Good Caramels, Marquee Cinemas Wakefield Commons 12, Benchmark Community Bank, Fidelity Bank Wake Forest, Pelican’s Snoballs, Goldfish Swim School Wake Forest, Page 158 Books, Quality Plus Automotive – Wake Forest, Hillridge Farms, Goodberry’s Frozen Custard, PDQ – Wake Forest, Vision Martial Arts, Wells Family Dental Group, Planet Smoothie – Wake Forest, Polar Ice House – Wake Forest, Crossroads Fellowship – Wake Forest, YMCA Camp Kanata, Bumgarner & Martin Orthodontics, Granite Falls Swim & Athletic Club, Marbles Kids Museum, Legacy Heritage Apartments, Texas Roadhouse Wake Forest, and Wake Forest Charter Academy

A division of the Town of Wake Forest, WFP supplies electricity to approximately 7,000 residential and 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 WFP visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-power.

For more information about Public Power Week events and activities, visit http://bit.ly/WFPublicPowerWeek or contact Administrative Specialist Jenna Gonzales at 919-435-9573 or [email protected].