Each year, 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 sixteen categories reflect the wide scope and valuable contributions of co-op communicators today.

Award Deadline & Receipt
Submissions should be received by the NRECA portal no later than November 30, 2018. The 2019 winners will be presented at NRECA’s CONNECT Conference May 7-9, in Houston, TX.

How to Enter

  1. Check out the 2019 Call for Entries (PDF).

  2. Follow the payment directions and start entering your projects online using the link provided with payment.

You’ll be judged against your peers and have the option to receive judges’ comments on your entries. Check out programs of past winners for examples of winning entries and inspiration.

2018 Spotlight Winners

Featured Category: Edgar F. Chesnutt Award

The Edgar F. Chesnutt Award for Best Total Communication Program 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.


Press Release: Blue Ridge Energy Wins 2018 Chesnutt Award


Listing of Previous Chesnutt Winners

Past Winners and Samples of their Work

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. Access these samples below.

Spotlight Photo Galleries

Check out photos from Spotlight award receptions.


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