The public power business model is based on the tenets of local decision-making, not-for-profit operations, low-cost delivery of service, and an ultimate focus on the needs of customers. This model has long been successful. However, at times, communities may debate whether the community should continue to own and operate its utility. The American Public Power Association has resources to assist in understanding the benefits of public power and the impacts of a potential sale.
The Future of Your Utility: Positioning Your Community to Succeed in a Sellout Evaluation
This guidebook will help you better understand the value of your community-owned utility and the importance of running your utility effectively. It will help you identify warning signs that your utility may become a target of a sellout attempt and provide you with tools to make an informed evaluation on the retention or sale of your utility. Steps covered include how to prepare for a sellout evaluation, respond to a threat, and communicate with stakeholders during a sellout evaluation.
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What is Public Power?
Benefits of Public Power
Preventing a Sellout Attempt from Emerging
Communicating the Value of Public Power
Good communication and public relations are vital long before a sellout attempt ever emerges. Learn how to lay the groundwork for customer loyalty long before the privatization attempt. Read the chapter (PDF).
Learn more about establishing a publicly owned electric utility. Public power utilities bring many benefits to their communities. At times, communities served by other types of utilities may explore what it would take to form a new public power utility – a process referred to as “municipalization.” APPA has resources that may help you evaluate whether forming a new community-owned electric utility is right for you.