HISTORY

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Greenwood CPW was founded October 27, 1896.

CPW has continuously provided energy and water resources to its citizens for over 100 years.  The water company was added in 1897, the electric system was added in 1898 and the gas system was added in 1940.

Greenwood CPW was the first municipally owned system of its kind in the state.  Addison J. Sproles, Superintendent of CPW said in an Index-Journal article on Sunday, May 10, 1925 “…we are the pioneers in South Carolina in that we were the first town to install a municipal water and electric light plant, the first to introduce cooking and heating by electricity and the first to grant every residential customer a free front porch light to burn all night, every night.”

The growth of the system has matched the growth of the city.  In 1899, at the completion of the water and electric system, there were 40 arc lights and 450 incandescent lights for the community powered by a 125 horsepower engine.  Water was produced by two springs furnishing 15,000 gallons of water.  The total cost of the electric water system in that year was $40,000.00.

Today, more than 29,000 customers use the system.  What they receive is quality service at rates that consistently rank among the lowest in the state and nation.

Greenwood CPW celebrated 100 years of service to the citizens of Greenwood in October 1996.  At that time, a time capsule was buried at the Central Operations Center to be opened October 27, 2046.

 

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Time Capsule

Greenwood CPW celebrated 100 years of service to the citizens of Greenwood in October 1996.  At that time, a time capsule was buried at the Central Operations Center to be opened October 27, 2046.

 

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Greenwood CPW has had 36 Commissioners serve on its Board over the past 124 years.

Robert M. Hays 1897-1898
Joel S. Bailey, Sr. 1898-1900
William L. Durst 1900-1902
Capt. J .E. Jenkins 1 1902-1903
Archie S. Iler 1903-1905
Dr. James B. Hughey 1905-1914
Dr. John Lyon 1914-1920
Dr. William P. Turner 1920-1955
Wilson C. Henderson 1955-1986
Gene P. Hancock 1986-2013
Arthur C. Bush 2013-Present
James F. Davis 1897-1903
Anthony F. McKissick 1903-1920
S.O. Harvey 1920-1928
Albert S. Wilkinson 1928-1933
James C. Burns 1933-1951
Thomas R. Pinson 1951-1964
Sam Zimmerman 1964-1969
Leon R. Watterson 1969-1978
J.R. Abney, Jr. 1978-1982
Hal S. Ellenberg 1982-1988
S. Elizabeth Pinson 1988-1994
Rev. Ed F. Johnson 1994-1994
William P. Thompson 1994-2000
Michael G. Monaghan 2000-Present
Arthur S. Lee 1897-1899
Joseph T. Simmons 1899-1911
J.S. Bailey, Jr. 1911-1935
Martin M. Wells 1935-1962
Brooks Stuart 1962-1965
John F. Ellenberg 1965-1966
Hal S. Ellenberg 1966-1978
Howard B. Parker 1978-1990
R. Travis Higginbotham 1990-2002
Tammy G. Stoner 2002-2004
Henry O. Watts 2004-Present