City of Shelby, Division of Electric & Telecommunications
The Line Department
73 West State Street
Responsiveness to community needs…greater citizen say in how the utility is run…nonprofit rates…community development…these are some of the reasons why people today say they prefer publicly owned power systems, like Shelby’s Division of Electric.
As you drive from home to work, to school or to the grocery store, you probably don’t pay much attention to the lines, poles, and transformers along the streets.
This is not the case with the men of the Line Department. The 79 miles of electric lines, 4263 poles supporting the lines, and 1393 transformers around the City are their responsibility day after day.
Changing out any of the 1139 street lights or 14 intersections of traffic lights or 483 security light bulbs is another. Keeping the distribution system operating smoothly and efficiently takes dedicated work.
Now they also have the responsibility for the transmission loop that joins Shelby to the national power grid. Until 2008, Shelby has had only one feed from the grid. We now have a second feed that makes our system more reliable.
The Line Department prides themselves on their quick response when customers call about an outage, electrical safety issues, and other electrical problems.