Power To The People
Power and Light (NP&L) was a small, localized company serving
only the westernmost counties of North Carolina. However, its
arrival in the Appalachian mountains brought fundamental changes
to the lives of many. Individual rural communities were transformed,
and some were even relocated to different areas. A closer look
at the rural Appalachian communities in the days before electricity,
the areaís demand for power, and some firsthand accounts of those
who experienced electrification provide much insight into NP&L's
role in the development in the region.
The rural electrification of America
was an extensive mission, carrying with it many effects and benefits.
The electrification by NP&L into the rural mountainous areas
of western North Carolina was part of this movement. These people
endured the change of landscape, the cost of displacement, and
a well-known way of life, for the promise of modernization that
electricity would bring.
Progress was still a major theme to the company in 1991 when NP&L
connected its transmission lines to Duke Power and the company
became part of the southeast power grid. Today, NP&L is a
division of Duke Power and continues to supply hydroelectric power
for the comfort and progress of western North Carolina communities.
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