It’s not a new idea. In fact, some of the nation’s largest cities—Los Angeles, San Antonio, Seattle and Orlando—operate locally owned electric utilities. Of course, many public power utilities serve as few as 3,000 customers. One thing unites them all, no matter how big or small: a commitment to community and affordable, responsible power.
There really is strength in numbers. By pooling their resources, local public power utilities gain the economies of scale needed to be efficient in today’s marketplace. Together, they can purchase low-cost electricity for their communities and take advantage of the latest technologies to better serve customer needs. This collaborative approach results in substantial savings for their communities.
That’s what happened in Wisconsin nearly three decades ago, when 23 municipalities established WPPI Energy as the state’s first municipal electric company. Today, WPPI Energy helps 51 member utilities create and deliver affordable power to more than 195,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan. WPPI Energy also provides industry leadership and business-related services that allow member-owners to concentrate on operating efficiently and providing high-quality electric service to customers.