The Benefits

There are substantial, measurable benefits to getting energy from a local, not-for-profit utility. Surprising things like affordable monthly bills, better customer service, a stronger local economy and a greener environment. How about that?

“My locally owned utility is part of my community, so when there is a problem I can count on great customer service.”

Local Control. Local Rewards

Public power utilities can be an economic boon to smaller communities. Local payments made in lieu of taxes help lower everyone’s tax burden, and utility revenues get reinvested in programs and services that best suit local values and needs. Local public power utilities also create jobs. And since their office staff, customer service representatives and field crews are local residents, they’re able to provide the most reliable, responsive service. Local public power utilities and their employees contribute to their communities in many other ways, like:

  • Offering energy efficiency programs for residents and businesses.
  • Providing financial assistance for low-income services for qualifying customers.
  • Offering scholarships to students.
  • Creating partnerships with schools on energy education programs.

MORE THAN 45 MILLION AMERICANS, IN OVER 2,000 COMMUNITIES ARE SERVED BY LOCALLY-OWNED UTILITIES.