AMLP's Century-Plus History

Light Plant Generator circa 1904

This is what an electric generator looked like in 1900. The idea of electric power was just coming to rural Massachusetts at the turn of the century. 3 intrapreneurial men from Fitchburg and Ashby decided that they could bring power to the citizens of Ashburnham and profit from it. The location they chose for their generator was Factory Village Pond on Rte 12 due to the water's steep drop over the dam – perfect, they thought, for a lot of electric power generation.

A power plant was built by 1901 and put into operation the next year. There were 60 customers. It cost less than $2 to light a house for one month! The generator only ran from 5pm to midnight...and then it was lights-out until the next evening because there were no known ways to store electricity in those days.

After just a few seasons, it was discovered that the pond didn't hold enough water to provide year round power. There were other challenges as well. Finally, the company went out of business and Ashburnham returned to candlepower in 1904.

After much citizen protest and demand, the town decided to cobble together its own light company and formed its first Light Board to oversee the process. It was then in 1907 that Ashburnham's Municipal Light Plant was born.

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We celebrated our Centennial in 2007 - and the rest is history.

  • Today we are a successful, town-owned entity that makes a profit every year.
  • AMLP has a substantial reserve fund for emergencies.
  • We're actively involved in renewable energy efforts and contribute to the town in many ways.


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  • Mailing: PO Box 823, Ashburnham, MA 01430
  • Location: 24 Williams Rd, Ashburnham
  • Phone: 978 827-4423
  • Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm | Closed Sat & Sun
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