The Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) was acquired by the City of Kerrville in 1987. KPUB serves approximately 23,000 customers throughout 146 square mile service area including Kerrville, Center Point, Ingram, Hunt, and surrounding areas in Kerr County.
KPUB’s mission is to be a responsive and efficient, locally-owned provider of reliable, high-quality utility service at the lowest responsible price. As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric company, our utility is operated with local control. KPUB is overseen by a five-member board of trustees who are appointed by the Kerrville City Council and serve without compensation. The trustees are responsible to the City of Kerrville in the management and control of the system and are empowered with all of the authority of the city as it relates to the distribution of electricity to the consumers.
Everything KPUB does goes serving our customers and our community’s best interest. We are dedicated to powering the homes and businesses here with the best service possible, because, at the end of the day, KPUB’s leadership and team lives, works and raises our families here in this community, too.
Next Board Meeting: Wednesday, June 17, 8:30 a.m.
The Kerrville Public Utility Board hosts its regular monthly board meetings typically the third Wednesday of every month beginning at 8:30 a.m. at its main office located at 2250 Memorial Blvd in the KPUB Conference Room. Meetings are open to the public, and the meeting site is accessible to handicapped persons.
Meeting agendas and board packets will be posted by the Monday of the current board meeting week under the news page of our website here.
Mayor of Kerrville
Some might be surprised to know there is a rich 125-year history behind KPUB. Many prominent families, whose names you might recognize, were originally involved in establishing and providing power to the Kerrville area.
It began in 1891 when the Schreiner family placed a small generating plant at the location of their mill on the Guadalupe River. In January of 1898, with stated capital of $10,000, Charles Schreiner, A.C. Schreiner and L.A. Schreiner officially formed a corporation known as The Kerrville Electric Light, Heat & Power Company. The business’ stated purpose was purpose was “to manufacture and supply electric light, heat and power to the citizens of Kerrville.”
As noted in the “Current Electrical News” edition dated April 1, 1911, “The streets of Kerrville will soon be lighted with electricity. The contract has been let to the Kerrville Electric Light and Power Company.”
Ownership expanded and was eventually transferred through the Schreiner, Maurer, Holdsworth, Imsel and Roberts families to Mr. Dick Eastland. On November 28, 1916, Eastland was granted a 50-year franchise by resolution of the Kerrville City Council. The resolution provided for a minimum charge of $1, plus $0.20 per kilowatt-hour. In 1925, Eastland sold the Kerrville Electric Light, Heat & Power Co. to Texas Power and Light Company. That company then owned the system until the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) took ownership on September 1, 1939.
For 62 years, electric power was generated and sold by companies headquartered outside of Kerr County. In the mid-1980s, the City of Kerrville and LCRA began exploring the possibility of transferring ownership of the system. At the time, Kerrville had planned to buy the system and designate it as a department of the municipality. After a failed first vote, the Kerrville City Council revised the resolution to have the electric system operated by an independent board and the measure passed.
The Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) was formed after a vote by the citizens of Kerrville and issuance of $29.5 million in bonds to purchase the system. The providership of electric power had come full circle and was once again in the hands of the local citizens. December 10, 2020, will mark 33 years of KPUB being a community-owned utility.
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