Woodsfield Power and Light: Providing electricity since 1898

Photo Provided ESTABLISHED IN 1898, the Woodsfield Power and Light Company now has about 1,600 customers.

WOODSFIELD — While most Ohio Valley residents get their electric power from large companies that supply energy to several thousands of people, things are a bit different in the village of Woodsfield.

The village boasts its own electric company — Woodsfield Power and Light. The company was founded in 1898, according to the village’s website.

“Their goal then, and still yet today, is to provide the most reliable and economical power service to the businesses and residents in and around the village,” according to village information.

The electric company has its own distribution system and interconnection facilities. About 1,609 residents and businesses are served.

“The electric system also owns six diesel generators with a net output capacity of approximately 6.5 megawatts, which are used for emergency back-up and peak shaving when there is large demand upon the electric grid system,” according to village information.

In 2001, a new substation was added to make the system even more reliable.

“Plans to increase capacity and further support its reliability are underway. Woodsfield Power & Light is available to work with new and existing businesses or residents to ensure adequate electric service,” according to the light company.

The village also says it can help businesses with additional power capacity needs; call 740-472-0525.

The power department employs a senior journeyman, a team leader and two linemen.


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