Edmond has own electric utility
EDMOND — Edmond City Manager Larry Stevens has a hard time imagining what the city would look like without Edmond Electric.
The locally owned utility provides services at rates comparable to other companies.
There's also a matter of local control, as well as additional funding for other city hall programs and departments.
“Edmond Electric is a tremendous asset for us,” Stevens said.
“Edmond Electric was formed in 1908 and has been an integral part of the city ever since,” Edmond Electric Director Glenn Fisher said.
He estimated the utility generates $6.5 million annually to the general fund.
“This money is used to reduce taxes and support operations like streets, parks, police and fire services,” he said.
Although it's a revenue producer, Stevens said the city has invested properly in the infrastructure of the utility to ensure its long-term operation and ability to provide top-notch reliable service to the community.
Edmond Electric is involved in the community, through events such as Touch-A-Truck.
That June event, held at the University of Central Oklahoma parking lot, benefits the HOPE Center, which helps people in need.
Fisher said Edmond Electric also participates in an annual Christmas event, the Parade of Lights, and holds an open house in the fall.
The department supports high school drama programs as well as UCO athletics.
“We also have a long-standing partnership with the YMCA to support their great programs,” Fisher said.
The wind energy program, Pure and Simple Wind, is currently under review.
“We are in the process of redesigning this program to more accurately reflect wind energy generation and costs,” Fisher said. “As a result we are not currently accepting new customers. We will reopen the program to new customers once we have completed our changes.”
For now, a quarter of the energy Edmond Electric uses is from renewable resources, thanks to the city's wholesale provider, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.
Renewable energy sources include hydroelectric generated power as well as landfill gas.