The tradition of public power in Nebraska has brought real benefits to the state, including low-cost electricity, local control, and responsive customer service. In rural America in the early twentieth century, electricity was a scarce commodity. Investor-owned utilities found that it was not economically feasible to provide electric service to rural areas. In 1936, Senator George Norris led the fight to pass the Rural Electrification Act (REA). This revolutionary legislation enabled the creation of publicly owned power generation and delivery systems for the common good. Today, unlike many other states that rely on a combination of public and private providers, Nebraska remains served by public power utilities.