City Spotlight – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is connected to the high-voltage grid through PPL Electric Utilities, which was a founding member of PJM in 1927.

Population of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania: 75,293*
Total PPL Electric Utilities customers: about 1.4 million customers in 29 Pennsylvania counties**
Total PPL Electric Utilities megawatt-hours used:  
8,983,418***

Fun facts:

  • Bethlehem was founded as a communal society in 1741 by Moravians, and was given its name on Christmas Eve that year, becoming the self-named “Christmas City.”
  • Bethlehem became a center for heavy industry and trade with the organization of Bethlehem Steel Corp. in 1899. The company manufactured steel for many American landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Empire State Building.
  • Bethlehem is home to Musikfest, which is the largest non-gated, free outdoor music festival in the country, and attracts national headline acts to the city.
  • The Bach Choir of Bethlehem is the oldest Bach choir in the United States, having formed in 1898.

Fun fact source: Discover Lehigh Valley

*2016 U.S. Census Bureau population estimate
**PPL Electric Utilities
***2016 Energy Information Administration data