Electrical District Number Two, Pinal
County, or ED2, as it is commonly known, was formed as a political subdivision
of the State of Arizona in 1923. ED2 is a full service electric utility
serving the Greater Casa Grande Valley including in and around the cities
of Coolidge, Florence, and Casa Grande, Arizona.
ED2's main office is located southwest of Coolidge,
Arizona on Eleven Mile Corner Road
(see Location Map ).
Office Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,
Monday thru Friday except for Holidays.
Service Area.......Western & Central Pinal County
Miles of Line........................................................424
Number of Employees........................................29
Number of Customers....................Approx. 4100
Predating the United States Congress'
enactment in the mid-1930's of the Rural Electrification Act, the State
of Arizona encouraged development of it's rural communities by authorizing
the creation of special districts for the purpose of bringing power and
water to rural areas. The first such entities were electrical districts.
Electrical districts were created as Arizona political subdivisions by
statute in 1922 by an attorney, Mr. A. Van Wagenen, Jr, who lived in Casa
Grande, Arizona. He was requested by rural residents located in the vicinity
of Florence, Coolidge and Casa Grande, Arizona, to create a type of public
authority that would be authorized to provide them and others in the area
The first attempt to form a district known as
Electrical District No. 1 in 1919 was judicially challenged and the initial
statutory authorization was declared unconstitutional, although the Arizona
Supreme Court recognized the validity of the concept. In 1922, the Arizona
Legislature enacted revised Electrical District legislation. Under article
13, 7 of the Arizona Constitution, the Districts are deemed "political
subdivisions of the State, invested with the all the rights privileges
and benefits, and entitled to the immunities and exemptions granted municipalities".
The Districts were authorized to serve all classes of customers.
This time, when judicially challenged, the Arizona
Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the authorizing legislation.
To avoid any comparison with the first district and any confusion in 1923
over the financing of such a new entity, the first actual district organized
and validated under the statute was named Electrical District No. 2, Pinal
Electrical District No. 2 (ED2) was the first
of its kind in the United States, predating the creation of other electrical
districts throughout Pinal county (Electrical District No's 1, 3, 4, 5,
and 6) and also in Maricopa County (Electrical District No's. 5, 7, and
ED2 has chosen to be and remains today a full-service
electric utility. The District serves all classes of customers (residential,
commercial, industrial and agricultural).
ED2 provides its customers with electric service
at competitive rates and remains constant to its statutory and primary
mandate to preserve the economic viability of irrigated agricultural lands
within Pinal County.