NEWBERRY – The City of Newberry is celebrating Public Power Week (#PublicPowerWeek) along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans.
The week is observed Oct. 2 through Oct. 8.
“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity the City of Newberry provides to our community,” said Utility Director Marc Regier. “Public power puts the people of Newberry first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power that supports strong communities.”
“We are proud to have served Newberry for 120 years,” Regier said.
A Public Power Week celebration will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 7 in Memorial Park in downtown Newberry. The first 250 city residents who bring a regular incandescent light bulb and a copy of their latest utility bill to the red tent can exchange it for a free LED bulb. Door prizes include bill credits and various gift cards.
The City of Newberry Utilities Department has 43 employees and currently maintains three delivery points, has a peak system load of 43.5 megawatts and maintain 200 line miles. It serves 4,600 residential customers and 400 commercial and industrial customers.