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