Public Power Week 2023
October 1-7, 2023, is Public Power Week, a week fully dedicated to celebrating the substantial benefits of having a public power utility in your community! Some of the most notable benefits of public power are local control, reliable service and competitive, low rates.
KPUB is a public power electric utility company, meaning we are owned by the community we serve. We aren’t motivated by profits because we don’t answer to shareholders—we answer to our customers.
At KPUB, we work every day to provide our community with reliable power, competitively priced rates and world-class service. KPUB is one of more than 2,000 public power utility companies that power the homes and businesses across the U.S. to over 49 million Americans. Being powered by a public power utility company means that the power is in the hands of the people. Our utility is operated with local control, and decisions about how KPUB is run and operated are made right here in Kerrville.
Our public power story began in 1987 when the City of Kerrville purchased the electric distribution system from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to put the power back in the hands of local citizens. Prior to that, our community’s power had been generated and sold by companies headquartered outside of Kerr County for 62 years.
This year will mark 36 years of KPUB being your community-owned, not-for-profit electric utility company. We invite you to celebrate with us during Public Power Week on October 1-7, 2023, while we share with you all the ways KPUB is helping power a better community for us all.
Bucket Truck Ride Event, Saturday, October 7
The Kerrville Public Utility Board (KPUB) is hosting a family-friendly event to meet our heroes in hardhats while we celebrate Public Power Week!
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, October 7, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., to join us in Louise Hays Park for a free community event!
The event will feature family-friendly activities that will include taking a ride in one of KPUB’s bucket trucks, arc & spark demos, line worker tool displays, photo ops with our linemen, face painting and more.
KPUB will be providing free hot dogs, chips, snow cones, refreshments and t-shirts, while supplies last.
KPUB wants you and your family to enjoy the experience of seeing our community from a bird’s eye view!
KPUB bucket truck ride safety precautions
- All riders must be harnessed at all times.
- Riders must at least be tall enough to see over the side of the bucket in order to be taken up in the bucket (43″ or above)
- Children eligible to ride must wear a kid’s harness.
- Operators can take riders up to 70% the height of the boom’s full capacity.
- To help maintain a safe environment during every bucket ride, KPUB reserves the right to refuse rides to people who are perceived to be a safety risk in any way.
1st-4th Grade Children’s Coloring Contest
KPUB’s coloring contest is open to all participants in 1st-4th grade for fall 2023. Submissions will be accepted thru Wednesday, September 27 (limit of one entry).
The winner will be announced during KPUB’s Bucket Truck Ride Event on October 7, and the top 10 entries will be displayed throughout the event.
The lucky contest winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and be featured in KPUB’s Energy Hub Newsletter!
Questions? We are happy to help! Please contact us at 830.257.3050 or [email protected].
Power Hour & Solar Field Tours
Join KPUB’s team on Tuesday, October 3, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., in KPUB’s Board Room (2250 Memorial Blvd) for a presentation on all things power related at KPUB! Learn about KPUB’s storied history, rates, SmartHub customer app, and special programs KPUB offers to help customers save energy and money.
At the end of the program, an optional tour will be available to learn about KPUB’s community solar fields and see one of the fields in person! Transportation will be provided from KPUB to the solar field.
Event attendance will be limited, and RSVP will be required. Email [email protected] to register for the Power Hour event.
Drawings & Giveaways
Stop by the KPUB lobby during Public Power Week, M-F, between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for free cookies, LED light bulbs (limit 4 per customer), 2024 KPUB calendars and an opportunity to enter to win a smart nest thermostat (free installation!), plus a bonus HVAC system inspection & tune up.
The smart thermostat package winner will be drawn at the end of KPUB’s Bucket Truck Ride event in Louise Hays Park on Sat, Oct 7 (the winner does not need to be present to win!)