Jefferson County is served by Potomac Edison, a division of FirstEnergy Corporation. FirstEnergy Corporation operates 10 electric utility companies that form one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems. It serves six million customers within a 65,000 square-mile area in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, including Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, and New York.
Electric service is one of Jefferson County’s lowest energy line items, which is especially beneficial for manufacturing and IT companies that use a lot of power. In 2014, electric service to industrial customers averaged 5.7 cents per kWh in West Virginia, compared to 8.4 cents in Maryland and 7.0 cents per kWh in Virginia. The average electricity costs for commercial users in West Virginia is more than 4 percent below that of Virginia’s and nearly 50 percent below that of the neighboring state of Maryland, making it among the lowest in the nation.