Columbus Power was founded in 1899 in response to the community’s desire for cheaper electricity than that provided by private utilities, and now provides electricity for 14,000 consumers. Columbus Power is one of 129 members of the American Municipal Power (AMP), a non-profit corporation. Founded by Ohio municipal electrics in 1971, AMP has since expanded to include municipal electric companies in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia and Delaware. AMP purchases energy on behalf of its municipal electric company members. Combined, AMP's member communities serve over 565,000 customers.