Rocky Mount Public Utilities is sponsoring Keithen Dolberry, an engineering student at East Carolina University, who was selected to receive an American Public Power Association Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments program scholarship.
Dolberry received the $4,000 scholarship to assist Rocky Mount Public Utilities with the new point of delivery substation construction project located at 810 Greyson Road.
The new point of delivery station will provide a second point of delivery for electric power to the city of Rocky Mount.
“Having a second point of delivery station will improve the reliability of our electric system and reduce the number of customers affected by outage events at the current delivery station,” said Utilities Director Rich Worsinger.
Dolberry began his engineering internship in May.
He will continue working with Rocky Mount Public Utilities during semester rotations until December 2014.
As part of the Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments requirements, Dolberry will write a report at the end of his internship about what he has learned from working on the construction project and to demonstrate the importance of co-op opportunities.
American Public Power Association is the national organization serving the interests of the nation’s more than 2,000 community and state-owned electric utilities.
The association established the Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments program in 1980 to sponsor and conduct activities related to energy innovation that improve efficiency or lower costs in providing energy services to consumers of publicly owned electric utilities. Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments funds are used to support innovative utility programs.
Rocky Mount Public Utilities is a member of American Public Power Association and Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments.