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Electric Department

Substation #1

The Borough of Schuylkill Haven has owned and operated its own electric system since the early 1890's. We generated our own power until 1953, at which time we started to purchase our power at the wholesale level.  As an electric provider, the Borough is one of 35 municipally-owned electric systems that’s a consortium that purchases power from AMP Ohio & Allegheny and provides it to its residents. The Borough owns, services, and maintains all electrical systems within the community.

With its roots dating back to the early 1900s, the Electric Department has always prided itself with providing safe and reliable electric service to the residents of Schuylkill Haven.

By the end of 2022, the Borough electric system will be of a state-of-the-art substation, where the power is transformed from 69,000 volts to 12,000 volts.

Schuylkill Haven line workers are trained and certified in Ohio, at American Municipal Power (AMP), and they maintain the 12,000 volt lines, poles and transformers that exist in the Borough as well as underground facilities and LED street lighting. The Electric Department also maintains the 69,000 volts inside the substation.

When comparing electric rates, use the “All In” method by dividing your total bill, in dollars and cents, by the total amount of kilowatt hours used, and keep in mind that the Electric Department funds generated help the Borough maintain one of the lowest municipal tax rates in Schuylkill County. Customers benefit from an extremely reliable system, with a dedicated four-man crew, that is always available to address any system issues immediately. Our system is known to have very few outages, and when we do, we get service restored in very little time.

The Borough buys its power at 69,000 volts and on average purchases 45,000,000 kilowatt hours per year from AMP. The Borough currently supplies power to approximately 3,000 electric meters.

The Pennsylvania Municipal Electric Association (PMEA) is the trade association representing the Boroughs in Pennsylvania which own and operate electric distribution systems. For more information, please visit their website at

If you're experiencing a power outage, please call borough hall at 570-385-2841 during regular business hours or the police department after hours at 570-385-9111.