Powering Strong Communities

Who do we represent?

Collectively, public power underpins the vitality and viability of thousands of American communities.

Together, public power utilities serve more than 49 million people, including:

                19.5 million homes

                3 million businesses

We manage 10% of electric generating facilities – including 120 gigawatts in power plants and other generation infrastructure that generated more than 390,000 gigawatt-hours of electricity in 2019.

We also manage critical infrastructure including hundreds of thousands of miles of transmission and distribution lines and thousands of substations.

Public power is also a big player in the electricity markets – purchasing more than 200,000 GWh in 2019.

Our customers buy more than 15% of all electricity sold in the U.S., bringing more than $60 billion in revenue to public power utilities each year.

We contribute more than $2 billion each year to the budgets of more than 2,000 cities and towns.

We employ 96,200 people in a wide array of professional and technical roles. These stable, hometown jobs represent 16% of the utility workforce.

We partner and volunteer with other community organizations to keep our communities strong – providing our expertise for services such as:

  • Teaching kids (and adults!) about electrical safety
  • Providing electric service to municipal parks and in holiday lighting displays
  • Planting trees and native plants
  • Supporting smart economic development

We are more than just electric utilities. We are our communities.


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Overview of who public power represents