President Franklin D. Roosevelt once referred to public power as a “yardstick,” in that people served by a private for-profit utility could judge the quality and rates of their utility provider against what is possible with a public power model.
The hallmarks of the not-for profit public power business model are local control and local decision-making authority. Public power utilities offer superior service at a low cost, as demonstrated below.
From 2014 through 2021, MMWEC Member MLP customers saved an average of $9,687.66 over investor-owned utility customers.
Electric Bills by Utility Type
MMWEC compiled utility rate data from 2004-present to illustrate how average MMWEC Member utility rates compared to investor-owned utility rates in Massachusetts over the past 18 years. The amounts are based on a monthly consumption of 750 kilowatt hours of electricity.
As demonstrated in the chart below, total investor-owned utility bills from the 2004-present data range were $7,400 to $13,200 higher than MMWEC Member utility averages.
View the tables below to see how monthly investor-owned utility bills and average MMWEC Member utility bills varied annually.