The Early History Kerosene lamps were the first lights in the City of Weatherford. The second source of light came in the form of gas in the late 1800s. The first company to produce light in the City of Weatherford was the Weatherford Gas, Light, Heat and Power Company and was organized by several local businessmen.
Electricity quickly became a cheaper source of lighting. In October 1887, a new company was organized which built the first direct current electric plant in the City of Weatherford. The Weatherford Water, Light and Ice Company was privately owned. In 1896, the company determined it was unable to operate the Water System and Electric Plant, causing the business to sell the water and electric utilities to a newly formed Texas Public Utilities Company out of Fort Worth, Texas.
The First Municipal Utilities In 1937, there was much dissatisfaction with the Texas Utilities Company, due to the rates charged for services. In November 1937, a bond was passed to issue revenue bonds in the amount of $600,000. The issue passed by more than a 2 to 1 margin. The construction of a new electric plant would use $250,000 and $350,000 to build a water-distribution system.
The first electricity generated by the Municipal Utility Plant was on June 26, 1940. In February, the Texas Public Utilities Company lost its franchise to operate in the City of Weatherford. In July 1946, the Utility informed the City it would remove all its electrical distribution system. Since then, the Weatherford Municipal Utilities Division is continuing to grow and expand.
The Weatherford Municipal Utilities TodayToday, the Weatherford Electric Utility serves more than 13,402 residential, commercial and industrial customers. In 2010, the peak demand was 90 MW with an annual energy purchase of 357,185,303 kWh.
The certified service area is approximately 52 square miles. In the service area, there is approximately 139 miles of underground and 174 miles of overhead lines.
The System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) or the average number of minutes that the electric system experiences on outage is 32 minutes per customer per year. The Customer Average Interruption Duration Index (CAIDI) or the average number of minutes that it takes to restore power to a customer after an outage is 65 minutes.
The Electric Utility monitors and controls the system with the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA). The system provides staff with the ability to monitor and control field devices, as well as to accumulate data to better provide reliability and quality electric service.