City of Elberton
203 Elbert Street
P. O. Box 70
Elberton, GA  30635

(706) 213-3100


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Elberton is a unique community in Georgia and in the United States in that it owns and operates all the public utility and infrastructure systems that are needed for a successful business or industry.  Elberton’s leadership has always been forward thinking, and that has resulted in investing in public infrastructure to meet the daily needs of citizens and corporations.

Public Power and Electricity
More than 2,000 cities and towns in the United States light up their homes, businesses and streets with “public power”—electricity that comes from a community-owned and -operated utility.  Elberton is a public power provider, reflecting its hometown characteristics and values.  Elberton provides reliable and safe not-for-profit electricity at a reasonable price while protecting the environment.  Unlike private power companies, public power utilities are public service institutions and do not serve stockholders. Instead, their mission is to serve their customers.  We measure success by how much money stays within our community through low rates and contributions to the city budget, not how much goes out to stockholders across the country and around the world.  We are able to make decisions locally that impact our economy and the success of our customers.

Natural Gas
Elberton is a public natural gas provider and distributor.  The very nature of Elberton’s gas system being locally controlled means that it operates on a not-for-profit basis, its costs are scrutinized, and its rates will be competitive.  Rates are not established by a public utility commission in the state capitol, but rather are established locally.  In addition, public gas systems do not face the pressure to pay dividends to distant stockholders.  Local ownership creates greater local scrutiny.  This converts into more efficient management and lower administrative costs.  Local control promotes outstanding customer service.  Elberton’s public gas system maintains a close relationship with its customers.  As a result, it is very successful in meeting the customers’ needs.  Public gas systems can respond quickly to emergencies because local crews live in the community and are accountable to local officials.  Repair crews that are local possess expert knowledge of the system which in turn allows the cause and solution to be identified quickly.

Elberton has a stable water supply that is more than adequate to meet the needs of business and industry, even during times of extreme drought.  Elberton has access to the Lake Richard B. Russell reservoir through a long-term contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for withdrawal rights and for raw water storage space.  Due to the availability of water production capacity and the tremendous amount of raw water available, Elberton is in the unique position of being able to supply a large amount of water for commercial or industrial uses at a very competitive rate. 


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