SHELD is a community-owned utility
The South Hadley Electric Light Department is one of 40 municipal utilities in Massachusetts, each independently owned by the communities they serve. This makes us very different from the state's large, private utilities. The people of South Hadley – not out-of-town investors – own SHELD. Five local citizens, elected by the people of South Hadley, serve on our Light Board. The Board sets utility policy and oversees operations through the Department's Manager.