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    • August: The calm before the storm

      In August I went to the American Public Power Association’s summer Advisory Committee meeting in Portland, Maine, and the annual meeting of the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association. I really appreciated the opportunity to meet with members — it reminds me of why we do what we do, and even more important, who we do it for. Continue Reading

    • Deep in the Heart of Texas Public Power

      July found me back in San Antonio (site of the Association’s Lineworkers Rodeo back in May) for the Annual Meeting of the Texas Public Power Association. TPPA is one of the state public power associations that do many of the same things for their member utilities at the state level that the American Public Power Association does at the federal level. TPPA lobbies, educates, and serves as a strong platform for collaboration. Continue Reading

    • When it Comes to Safety, Consistency is Key

      In looking at data from public power utilities submitted to the Association’s Safety Awards of Excellence, across three key safety measures, utilities that submitted data each of the past five years outperformed the average. Continue Reading

    • Engaging Customers in Giving Back to Communities

      Salt River Project’s Solar for Nonprofits program engages customers in helping local nonprofit organizations lower their energy bills while reducing their carbon footprint. The program recently installed a 100 kW solar photovoltaic system on four buildings at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Continue Reading

About Public Power

Public power is a collection of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving more than 48 million people or about 14 percent of the nation's electricity consumers.

Public power utilities are operated by local governments to provide communities with reliable, responsive, not-for-profit electric service. Public power utilities are directly accountable to the people they serve through local elected or appointed officials.

More information on all public power utilities is on the About Public Power page and in the Public Power Annual Directory & Statistical Report.

About the Association

The American Public Power Association was created in 1940 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment.

Policy positions emphasize the importance of hometown decision making that puts customers first and ensures a stable supply of electricity while protecting the environment. Since two-thirds of public power systems do not generate their own electricity and instead buy it on the wholesale market for distribution to customers, securing competitively priced and reliable wholesale power is a priority.

Learn more on the About the Association page.