Florence Utilities is celebrating Public Power Week and Public Natural Gas Week October 2 – 6 along with other public utilities that provide electricity and natural gas on a not-for-profit basis. Public Power and Public Natural Gas Week honors Florence Utilities’ hometown service as a locally-owned, customer-focused utility company that is dedicated to helping customers save energy and money. This year Florence Utilities is celebrating its 119th anniversary of providing electric service to the area, and 25 years of providing natural gas.
On May 25, 1898 the Board of Supervisors for the Town of Florence held a special meeting to consider the purchase of an engine and dynamo to provide electricity to the town. On the following day, the Board passed a motion to purchase a Westinghouse Engine Company Electrical Plant and Engine. In July 1898 the dynamo was set up in the engine house (located in the present Utility building basement) and electric service began.
For the full story, see this week’s issue of The Florence Mining News.