Did you know that you live in a public power community? The Village of Jackson Center has owned and operated a municipal electric system since 1920. This is something we are proud of — it’s an aspect of our community that provides benefits to all residents and businesses.
Our primary focus is providing electric service in a reliable and affordable manner. We are not driven by a profit motive, and our lineworkers and other employees are our neighbors. This gives Jackson Center a strategic advantage, helps improve the quality of life and is beneficial to our business environment.
Public power communities have a strong track record of reliable service, diversification of energy portfolios, long-term planning, economic development and local decision making.
Public Power Week is a nationally celebrated event and will take place this year Oct. 2-8. Established by the American Public Power Association and its members in 1986, Public Power Week celebrates the importance of public power. Jackson Center is one of more than 2,000 public power systems across the country.
The hallmark of public power is that the utility is locally owned and locally controlled. Decisions regarding rates, operations and long-term planning are made by locally elected officials, at public meetings, with opportunities for input from customers. This is what separates a municipal electric system from other electric suppliers and it’s a valuable aspect of public power.
To celebrate Public Power Week this year the Jackson Center Electric Department along with Logan County Co-Op will have the Safety Trailer in town to demonstrate to students grades 5 through 8 the importance of public power. On Thursday, Oct. 6, Jackson Center Electric Customers are invited to a Customer Appreciation night from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on “Carnival Square” (grass lot south of Subway). The Jackson Center Electric Department will demonstrate some of their operations, along with appearances by Ernie Energy, OUPS (Ohio Utilities Protection Services), Vectren and the Shelby County EMA. The Electric Department will be serving hotdogs, cookies and water to those in attendance. We will also be giving away LED night lights while supplies last.
Our team is dedicated to our residents and businesses, and we hope that you’ll take a few moments this October to celebrate with us.
The writer is Jackson Center’s village administrator. If you have questions regarding a Jackson Center’s electric utility, call Metz at 937-596-6314.