Greer CPW began providing electricity in 1914, using power generated by The Commission's coal fired power plant. The first system generated 2,300 volts of electricity.
In the 1930's, CPW began buying power from the Southern Utility Company. By the 1970s, CPW joined with other municipal power companies to create the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency (PMPA). PMPA purchased 25 percent of a nuclear generator at the Catawba Nuclear Power Plant in York, SC. Nuclear energy from the plant is CPW's currently primary power supply, meaning that over 90% of the power generated is carbon free.
Our electric service is primarily within the city of Greer; however, we have several customers in unincorporated areas nearby. For a more detailed service area map, please click here. Greer CPW manages approximately 17,000 electric customers within its service area.
Your electric meter measures the amount of electricity you consume and is read monthly. The electricity consumed from Greer CPW is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). The standard billable unit of electricity is a kilowatt, which is equivalent to 1,000 watts of energy. A kilowatt-hour equals 1,000 watts used for a period of one hour. For example, a 50 watt light bulb, burning for 20 hours would consume one kilowatt.
Your monthly bill is based on this consumption. The reading for the current month is subtracted from the previous month’s reading to determine how much electricity you have used.
For most of our electric customers, a digital meter is supplied to measure the electricity that is provided to each respective location. The digital reading on the display is read left to right.
In the above illustration, the current reading is 03886 kilowatt-hours. To calculate the monthly usage, subtract the current reading from the previous months reading displayed on your bill. If your previous reading was 02701 for example, 1,185 kilowatt-hours were used between monthly meter readings. This usage is then applied to the applicable rate to determine the cost of your monthly bill.
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