The City of Kings Mountain has owned and operated our own electric utility system for over 100 years. We are a non-power agency member of ElecriCities as well as a full member of NC Public Power and the American Public Power Association (APPA).
Currently we service over 4,500 electric customers. We operate three (3) substations, in which we receive our wholesale electric at a voltage of 12470/7200 volts. This same voltage is then transported over 200 miles of main distribution lines throughout our service area. These substations are state-of-the-art and are the backbone of our electric system.
In our delivery to our customers we are able to step down this voltage to offer delivery at less than 600 volts as well as offering more than 600 volts to our industrial customers if needed.
In the early 1990s, we added System Control and Data Advisory (SCADA). This system monitors and collects data on a minute by minute basis. The city also owns and operates two (2) peak generation facilities with a total capacity of 9,525 kW. The generation is used to offset the kilowatt cost the city pays for wholesale power; these generators are run approximately seventy-two (72) hours per year.
We have continued to make system improvements to our electrical and meter reading divisions to make for a more efficient system. The citizens of Kings Mountain can be proud of their electrical system. Our system is in great shape. Remaining aggressive in our tree trimming, peak generation, system maintenance, etc., will continue to pay great dividends for our customers in the future.