Since 1923, the City of Garland has been providing electric service to its citizens through Garland Power & Light (GP&L), its locally owned and controlled not-for-profit municipal utility. With more than 69,000 customers, GP&L is the fourth largest municipal utility in Texas and the 42nd largest in the nation. GP&L is recognized nationally as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®) and as a Tree Line USA Utility.
The mission of Garland Power & Light is to provide high quality, safe and reliable services at competitive rates to the citizens and businesses of the City of Garland through the efforts of a professional and dedicated workforce, and to enhance the quality of life in the city by creating a utility environment that supports economic development.
GP&L continually emphasizes customer service and involvement in the industry. Both management and staff are active members of the American Public Power Association, Texas Public Power Association, Electric Reliability Council of Texas and other industry organizations.
GP&L’s diverse energy portfolio includes power from natural gas, coal, wind, solar and hydroelectric resources. The utility owns natural gas and hydroelectric generation facilities, and has power purchase contracts for coal, wind and solar energy.
GP&L's electric distribution system has 387 linear miles of overhead lines and 594 linear miles of underground lines. The transmission system consists of 29 substations and 209 linear miles of transmission lines. The utility's peak load for Fiscal Year 2016 was 481 megawatts, with annual operating revenues of $279 million.
In the community, GP&L sponsors the Garland Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament, the City's Sweetheart Dance, the Garland Civic Theatre and the Garland Summer Musicals.