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Serving customers since 1891

History of Pulaski Electric System

Pulaski Electric System (PES), Tennessee’s oldest municipal electric system, was established in 1891 as the Pulaski Light Company to provide electricity to residents, businesses and churches near the public square in downtown Pulaski.

By the 1930s, the demand for electricity outside of the city limits had increased significantly causing leaders to explore ways to expand beyond the public square. In 1935, PES formed a partnership with the newly created Tennessee Valle Authority (TVA) making them the first municipal electric system in Tennessee to receive power from TVA.

By 1939, PES had purchased smaller electric lines and were able to serve customers outside of Pulaski. In 1946, The Board of Mayor and Aldermen had approved the construction of 400 additional miles of line to provide electricity to rural areas of Giles County.

In 2007, PES added “Energize” to its name signaling a new division of PES. The new division, PES Energize, offered 100% fiber to the home internet, phone, and cable TV to residential and commercial customers in Pulaski.

The construction of the PES Energize facility at 128 South First Street in Pulaski generated a new opportunity to expand service through development of a data storage facility that enables businesses from around the world to purchase storage space in the facility’s bunker-like, weather secure building.

Today, PES Energize serves over 15,200 electric customers, maintains nearly 1,200 miles of power lines and over 4,000 internet and phone customers. 

PES Energize is located in a sweet spot near I-65 between Nashville, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama. The PES PES Energize Board Board and its leadership continues to work diligently to anticipate the county’s growth and future needs for electric, communications and entertainment.

In this historic postcard picturing the Pulaski Courthouse Square as viewed from the north, looking down South First Street, the electric lines are clearly visible.

You’ll note that this telegram is dated 1934 instead of 1935. The actual date is 1935, so this was just a human error by someone who had not quite adjusted to dating documents for the new year!