Why Public Power
Public power utilities are non-profit, community-owned and locally operated electric systems that typically provide lower electric rates and better service to customers.
The consumer-owned, municipal utilities of Massachusetts serve approximately 380,000 customers in all or parts of 48 cities and towns with a total population of about 850,000. Together, municipal utilities deliver about 13 percent of the electricity used in Massachusetts. Nationally, there are more than 2,200 consumer-owned utilities, which collectively are called public power systems because they are publicly owned and operated.
The primary difference between municipal utilities and private, investor-owned utilities (IOUs) is that municipal utilities use all customer payments to provide low-cost electric service or meet other community needs. Private utilities are in business to earn a profit for their stockholders, as well as to deliver electricity, which means that customer payments are used in part to pay stockholders all over the country.
Public Power benefits include:
- High reliability
- Low rates
- Local rate-setting authority
- Local service and repair crews
- Strong focus on community needs
- Accessible utility management
After looking at other options, our board determined that MMWEC offers the best overall value for the services needed by municipal utilities to stay competitive in today's volatile power marketplace.
-Gary Babin, Manager
Mansfield Electric Light Department