Public Power Week

Throughout October, Paducah Power System is joining 2,000 other utilities across the United States in celebrating the benefits of public power.  Those utilities collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 47-million Americans.  Public Power Week, which is October 1-7, is held in cooperation with the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. and is aimed at making people aware of the benefits of being served by a publicly owned utility.  Those benefits include: accessibility, reliability, safety and commitment to the community.

We are accessible.  Our board meetings are open to the public, and customers can easily meet face to face with our employees.  Because we are a public utility, our managers, board members and employees are all local people who share the same concerns for our community that our consumers have.  We know our customers and see them in the grocery store, at church and at the ballpark, and we pay the same electric rates they pay.  Most of our employees serve on boards of local organizations and volunteer for clubs, schools, churches and youth athletic teams.

Our employees live nearby and respond quickly to outages, a critical benefit in situations such as the 2009 ice storm.  They also assist local and out of town utilities in times of crisis, most recently in Hurricane Irma ravaged Florida.  We work regularly with community leaders to recruit new industry to the area and to encourage economic development.

Our reliability rate is 99.9%, and we have worked five years without a lost time accident.  Our employees are here to serve the public, and over the years we have proven many times that Paducah Power is committed to the people of Paducah/McCracken County.

Some of the ways we have served the community as a publicly owned utility:

-823,943 pounds of canned goods and $619,000 collected for area food pantries through Christmas in the Park since 1997.

-3,500 units of blood collected during the history of Power for Patients Blood Drives and regular employee blood drives.

-Almost $18,000 contributed to United Way last year by PPS employees, making us one of the top ten supporters of the agency.

-$965,943 in in-lieu-of-tax payments made to Paducah and McCracken County Schools in 2015. Numerous educational programs in local schools each year.

-Awarded $72,000 in scholarships to area high school students since 2006 and contributed to the WKCTC scholarship program.

-Annual mercury and fluorescent bulb collection. Free fluorescent bulb disposal for customers.

-Community E-scrap collections.

-Educational programs for several hundred school children each year.