The accurate and fast prediction of potential propagation in neuronal networks is of prime importance in neurosciences. This work develops a novel structure-preserving model reduction technique to address this problem based on Galerkin projection and nonnegative operator approximation. It is first shown that the corresponding reduced-order model is guaranteed to be energy stable, thanks to both the structure-preserving approach that constructs a distinct reduced-order basis for each cable in the network and the preservation of nonnegativity. Furthermore, a posteriori error estimates are provided, showing that the model reduction error can be bounded and controlled. Finally, the application to the model reduction of a large-scale neuronal network underlines the capability of the proposed approach to accurately predict the potential propagation in such networks while leading to important speedups.