In celebration of Public Power month, here are some of the benefits customers receive from their Public Power District.
Far too often we tend to address the issues in life only when they require our attention:
We change the oil in the car when its time. We go to the dentist when we have a tooth ache. We go to the doctor when we aren’t feeling good. We check the roof when we notice a leak. This can be true with our electric utilities as well. If there are no problems, outages or issues with service… there is nothing to be concerned about!
SAFETY: We work hard to educate farmers, businesses, homeowners and first responders to keep them safe.
RELIABILITY: We know the dependence we all have on electricity. A high level of reliability is important to all customers.
LOCAL CONTROL: Decisions are made by a publicly elected Board of Directors, and not investor driven executives.
LOW-COST PROVIDER: We constantly look at the value of our services as well as the cost, and strive to save your dollar without sacrificing safety or high level reliability.
Why Public Power? How does this relate to me?
Why should I care if I am served by a publicly owned utility?
According to the APPA Website, 6% of the electric utilities in this country serve 68% of the customers. That 6% is investor-owned utilities (IOU). While IOU’s are obviously much larger companies, bigger is not always better. Customers of IOUs can expect to pay about 1.6 cents more per kilo-watt hour. The large IOUs look for profits amongst the highly populated areas in the cities. That model doesn’t work in the rural parts of America or in the small communities.
Locally controlled Power Districts do not build in large profits to satisfy large investors. Your Public Power Districts are not influenced by special interest groups from outside the service territory. These special interest groups often do not care what is best for our District or our customers.
I want to thank everyone in this business and for those that help keep your lights on! We appreciate your business and remember:
Keep Public in Public Power!