Electric Department

History of Services


The Town of Bedford Electric Department was established in 1899 to provide electric service to the residents, businesses and industries of the Town of Bedford and part of Bedford County. More than 100 years later, the department is still working to provide the same high quality service to the area. At the present time, Bedford serves 5,609 residential and 883 commercial/industrial customers with 700 miles of distribution and transmission lines in the Town of Bedford and Bedford County.


Operations & Facilities


The Electric Department operates and maintains 11 substations and a hydro plant. In order to provide reliability to its customers, the Electric Department has 2 interconnection points with AEP, Mosely Substation and Centerville Substation. Bedford currently purchases wholesale power from AMP-Ohio to meet it's peak demand of 53 megawatts. The town also generates a portion of it's electrical needs at its 5 megawatt hydro facility on the James River. The Department currently has 12 highly skilled professionals to operate and maintain its electrical system.

Snowden Hydro Electric Project


The Snowden Hydro Electric Project has been providing clean renewable energy to The Town of Bedford since the early 1900’s. It’s located on the James River just outside Big Island, Virginia. Flying over the plant shows it’s beautifully situated along the banks of the James. Snowden can power up to 1,000 homes when water conditions permit. It’s a key component of Bedford’s renewable energy portfolio which includes other hydro resources along with a utility scale solar project. Snowden hydro will continue to serve the customers of Bedford Electric for the next fifty years, providing low cost renewable energy.