Co-op Spotlight: South Central Power Company

Much of the Canal Winchester area in suburban Columbus is served by South Central Power.

As the largest co-op in Ohio, South Central Power Company serves a broad population. From suburban city life to the beautiful greenery of Hocking Hills, South Central Power serves more than 120,000 residential, industrial, and commercial consumers across 24 counties.

Founded in 1936, South Central Power started small. The cooperative doubled in size after a merger with Ohio-Midland in 1962 and grew once more following a merger with Inter-County. In 1992, they merged with Belmont Electric Cooperative, expanding to the east. Today, South Central Power stretches as far east as Jefferson County and as far west as Clermont County.

Suburban city life

Pickerington and Canal Winchester are two of the biggest cities in South Central Power territory. A suburb of Columbus, Canal Winchester features city-centric attractions while offering natural scenery. Canal Winchester is full of historical landmarks, including the National Barber Museum and the Bergstresser/Dietz Covered Bridge, the last remaining covered bridge in Franklin County. It’s also home to Slate Run Metro Park, a 1,705-acre park featuring open grasslands, wetlands, and meadows. Slate Run offers day camps and horseback riding to its visitors, in addition to free activities like fishing and picnicking.

Just south of Columbus, South Central Power serves Rickenbacker International Airport and many of the surrounding businesses and industries in logistics, distribution, and advanced manufacturing. Additionally, it serves energy-intensive members in industry sectors such as oil and gas, automotive suppliers, food and beverage, and more.

Rural living

Hocking Hills State Park is perhaps one of the most beautiful parks in the state of Ohio and is served by South Central Power. An activity-packed destination perfect for avid hikers, campers, and anyone who wants to explore the great outdoors, the park offers activities from canoeing to ziplining to horseback riding. For visitors interested in hiking, there are paths for beginners and paths for the most experienced hikers. Old Man’s Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, Ash Cave, and more can be found in the state park. Hikers can expect to see huge rock formations, cliffs, and even waterfalls. There’s lodging for every preference, including cabins, lodges, RVs and campers, and classic tent camping.