The Spotlight on Excellence Awards program recognizes a body of outstanding work produced by electric cooperative communication and marketing professionals from across the country. The 16 categories reflect the wide scope and valuable contributions of co-op communicators today. Entrants are judged against their peers, and have the option to receive judges' comments.
The 2020 Spotlight winners are listed below.
Application Process and Timeline
The 2021 cycle will open on Oct. 5, 2020. Spotlight on Excellence entries will be accepted until Nov. 20, 2020. Any further updates or information for the 2021 cycle will be posted on this page and shared through email and social media notifications.
These resources provide additional information to help with the entry process:
Please note subsequent Calls for Entries are subject to change.
Searchable Database of Leading Practices (winning entries)
At their essence, winning Spotlight entries represent co-op communication at its best. Explore
here to browse ideas to adapt and use in your co-op.
2020 Spotlight Winners
NRECA showcases winning Spotlight entries to provide co-op communicators with an inspiring collection of leading practices and winning strategies to adopt in their own co-op. The 2020 listing of the winners is below.
A highlight of the annual awards cycle is the presentation of the Edgar F. Chesnutt Award for Best Total Communication Program. The award is presented to the co-op whose entry receives the highest score from three judges from nationally accredited universities and communication and marketing professionals in the private sector. The 2020 winner will be announced at a later date.
Video: 2019 Edgar F. Chesnutt Award Winner
GreyStone Power Corp. Wins Chesnutt Award for ‘Making Life Better’
Ready for more inspiration as you consider your Spotlight award application? Take a look through these links for information on recent Spotlight and Chesnutt winners, and the photo galleries from recent years.
For questions regarding entries, eligibility, individual categories, etc., contact Carol Crabtree, the Spotlight on Excellence administrator, at
For questions regarding registration or payments, contact the Accounts Receivable Department at 703-907-6875 or by email at
The Spotlight on Excellence Awards are sponsored by the Certified Cooperative Communicator Program and the Council of Rural Electric Communicators.
Awards & Recognition page to learn about other communications awards programs.