About NRLP

Serving Appalachian State University and the Town of Boone for over 100 Years!

For more than 100 years, Appalachian State University’s New River Light and Power (NRLP) — a nonprofit electric utility operated by the Division of Finance and Operations — has provided power to Western North Carolina residents. Today, NRLP serves nearly 9,000 residential and commercial customers who reside in and near the town of Boone. In January 2022, the utility began purchasing its electricity from Carolina Power Partners — a partnership that opens greater renewable energy opportunities.

In partnership with App State’s Office of SustainabilityFacilities Operations and Renewable Energy Initiative, NRLP has assisted with various energy efficiency projects across campus, including installing solar panels and providing funding for the Broyhill Wind Turbine located on Bodenheimer Drive. The utility holds the American Public Power Association’s Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation for providing reliable and safe electric service, and approximately $650,000 of its budget is reserved annually for contributions to App State’s general scholarship fund.

Mission Statements

The mission of New River Light and Power Company (NRLP) is to provide electrical service in the most efficient and reliable manner to Appalachian State University, the Town of Boone and the surrounding community within the franchised areas assigned by statute and agreement between New River Light & Power and Blue Ridge Electric Membership Cooperative.

A secondary mission is to provide for the university's needs through financial support. In fulfilling its missions, NRLP serves as a positive link between Appalachian State University, the Town of Boone and the surrounding community in economic development and public relations.


RP3 Diamond Level Designation

SEP Designation

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