Your Not-For-Profit Public Power Provider
We’re SESD: South Utah Valley Electric Service District. A political subdivision of the state of Utah & a local improvement District. SESD was created by the Utah State Legislature in 1985, and we remain the only Electric Service District in Utah. For most locals, our power is the most affordable option in South Utah County.
We happily serve 4,000 customers in South Utah County. SESD powers a large percentage of South Utah County farms, agriculture, and orchards and to cities and communities. SESD provides electric service exclusively to the cities of Elk Ridge & Woodland Hills. SESD also provides electric service mutually to the cities of Spanish Fork, Payson, Salem, Mapleton, Santaquin.
SESD’s rate is a flat “block” rate, consistent from season-to season, so you don't get any surprises in your SESD bill. Actually, the more power you use, the better your rate!
Our service has the personal, community touch. We're locals, working for locals. We’ve been here since the beginning — and we’re as excited as ever to deliver your South Utah County power with reliable service, reasonable prices, and a friendly smile!
A not-for-profit electric improvement district entity created by the Utah State Legislature in 1985
- Service area: 120+ square miles in South Utah County; 7 districts (incl. Elk Ridge and Woodland Hills cities)
- 4,000+ customers
- 150 new connections annually for the past 3–5 years
- Many of our lines go to and through surrounding cities
- SESD serves in rural and agricultural areas (West Mountain, Lake Shore, Palmyra), in municipalities (Spanish Fork, Payson, Salem, Mapleton, Santaquin, Elk Ridge & Woodland Hills) and in the mountains (Covered Bridge, Payson Canyon, Spanish Fork Canyon, Loafer Canyon)
- SESD provides service to Spanish Fork City water tanks, wells & pumps; Salem City water tanks, wells & pumps; & Payson City water tanks, wells, pumps & Golf Course; Elk Ridge City water tanks, wells & pumps; Woodland Hills City water tanks, wells & pumps! Providing power to these critical facilities is vital to our communities and constituents.
How Do SESD Rates Compare to Other Rates?
Other power providers use tiered and seasonal rate structures, with a typically lower rate than SESD for initial power usage. But the reality is, most customers average 1,000 to 1,200 kWh a month — and for anything above 400 kWh, SESD rates give our customers a lower bill. .
SESD’s rate is a flat “block” rate that is consistent from season-to season. In comparison, other providers use rollover rates, which are confusing and end up costing you much more. Basically, a rollover rate means that once the customer has exceeded their 2,000 kWh usage, the higher rate is retroactively applied to ALL of the kWh used — even for the less expensive power they used early on.
But with SESD, no matter the season, our customers can rely on us to keep our power rates low. With us, the more power you use, the better your overall savings.
How Is SESD Doing Even More to Help Its Customers?
SESD has joined the Utah Rural Electric Cooperative Association (URECA) and its national organization to seek significant savings on future power purchase agreements through cooperative arrangements.
Strategies to save our customers through lower rates or other means may allow SESD to offer additional community savings and incentives.
How Does SESD Contribute to the Community?
As Southern Utah County’s power provider for the past 111 years, we know we have an important role to play in the community. We often lend a hand in the following ways:
- Giving back to veterans
- Aiding firefighters in times of crisis
- Helping local school districts and libraries
- Protecting Southern Utah’s animals
- Powering and sponsoring community celebration events
We are especially proud of being able to help our veterans and firefighters.
We want the best for the veterans living in our service area, and have been honored to serve them in gratitude for how they have served all Americans. This year we sponsored an Honor Flight, inviting customers to nominate veterans to travel to our nation’s capital. While in Washington D.C., veterans were given the opportunity to visit memorials honoring their service and sacrifice. We also power and sponsor the Central Utah Veterans Home, among other initiatives.
Meanwhile, during the fires of 2018, SESD workers cut brush around poles powering water wells, preventing them from being destroyed by fire and ensuring that water was available to extinguish the flames. This helped save up to 30 homes and forged an even more symbiotic relationship between SESD and fire departments — which keeps our community safer.
SESD: Inception and Structure
Although we have served the area for more than a century, SESD was created by the Utah State Legislature in 1985, and we remain the only Electric Service District in Utah.
Each of our seven service areas are represented by an elected or appointed trustee. We are a member of the Utah Association of Special Districts (UASD), South Utah Valley Power Systems (SUVPS), Intermountain Power Superintendents Association (IPSA), Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), Colorado River Energy Distributors Association (CREDA), and the American Public Power Association (APPA).
Recent Issues Facing SESD
Unfortunately, a legal battle is currently threatening your SESD prices.
SESD is in a battle to retain the territory it has served for 111 years. If the battle stretches on, or other providers take over our areas, customer prices will be forced to go up. Because community is at the center of all that we do, SESD is doing whatever it can to make sure South Utah County receives the same reliable public power at the affordable prices we’re known for.
Community Power to Light Our Future
Our service has the personal, community touch. Call our office, and you’ll speak to an actual person — probably even someone you know. And out in the field, SESD linemen are the best of the best… give us a shout out as you drive by!
We’ve been here since the beginning — and we’re as excited as ever to deliver your South Utah County power with reliable service, reasonable prices, and a friendly smile!
We are SESD.
Power to Light our Future.