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Public Power Surveys

The American Public Power Association uses surveys to gather information about public power utilities to identify trends in the industry, understand emerging issues, and to help our members benchmark various aspects of their operations. This listing of the surveys we administer is meant to encourage participation and offer guidance on how to access the reports and materials developed from the survey feedback.

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Utility Salary Survey

An annual benchmark of management and non-management salaries and median hourly pay for public power utilities. The report details differences in median salaries based on revenue, customers served, and region.  

When it is conducted: Annually between May and July.

When next survey is due: July 18, 2024

Who can participate: All public power utilities that are at least 50% retail.

Get the latest report (Available for purchase for utility members and free for all respondents)

Sample Survey

Contact: Lindsey Buttel, [email protected]

Joint Action Agency Salary Survey

An annual benchmark of management and non-management salaries based on revenue, customer count, and generation.  

When it is conducted: Annually between May/June and July/August.

When next survey is due: July 25, 2024

Who can participate: All joint action agencies that have full-time staff dedicated to the organization.

Get the latest report: (Available to all joint action agencies upon request).

Sample Survey

Contact: Lindsey Buttel, [email protected]

Completed Surveys and Reports

Cybersecurity Survey

A benchmark of cybersecurity postures, plans, and improvements.

When it is conducted: Every two years between March and April

When next survey is due: April 2025

Who can participate: All public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations

Contact: Adrian McNamara, [email protected]

DEED Membership Survey

 A benchmark of how the DEED program is serving its members and an opportunity to provide input on DEED’s reports, application process, and research topics.

When it is conducted: Every two years between September and October

When next survey is due: October 2025

Who can participate: All DEED members

Download the full report

Sample Survey

Contact: Nikkhil Murthy, [email protected]
 

Directory Survey

Collects and verifies information for APPA’s online directory.

When it is conducted: Every three years between July and August.

When next survey is due: August 2024.

Who can participate: All public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations. 

This survey helps update the online directory, which is available to members here

Contact: [email protected]

eReliability Tracker Data Acknowledgement and Certificate Eligibility

Subscribers to the eReliability Tracker receive custom data analysis of how their reliability metrics compare to other subscribers across the country and compared to subscribers within the same region or that share other similar factors.

When it is conducted: Annually between December and January.

When the next survey is due: January 2024.

Who can participate: Custom reports only available to subscribers of the eReliability Tracker service.

View a sample report

Sample Survey

Contact: Ji Yoon Lee, [email protected]

Governance Survey

A review of governing bodies that oversee public power systems, including type, term limits, and compensation of governing body members, and the authorities granted to utility governing bodies.

When it is conducted: Every five years

When next survey is due: February 2025

Who can participate: All public power utilities that are at least 50% retail.

Download the latest report

Sample Survey

Contact: Lindsey Buttel, [email protected]

Performance Indicators Survey

An annual benchmark of key financial and operating data for public power utilities, compared by utility customer count, region, and generation.

When it is conducted: Annually between September and November.

When next survey is due: November 2024

Who can participate: All public power utilities that are at least 50% retail and with annual retail sales of 150,000 MWh or more. View a list of eligible utilities.

Get the latest report (Anyone can purchase the report, respondents receive the report for free).

Sample Survey

Contact: Lindsey Buttel, [email protected]

Physical Security Survey

A benchmark of public power utilities’ physical security assessments, perceived threats, improvements, trainings, investments, and offerings.

When it is conducted: Every two years between January and February

When next survey is due: February 2026

Who can participate: All public power utilities, joint action agencies, and state and regional associations

Get the latest report (Available for purchase and free for all respondents)

Contact: Adrian McNamara, [email protected]

Power Purchase Agreement Survey

A benchmark of public power’s clean energy goals. Collects information on power purchase agreements, future capacity plans, and clean energy commitments.

When it is conducted: Every two years between August and September.

When next survey is due: September 2025

Who can participate: All public power utilities and joint action agencies

Find the results featured in our latest Statistical Report and Clean Energy Commitments Tracker

Sample Survey

Contact: Lindsey Buttel, [email protected]
 

Public Communications Survey

A snapshot of what the public power communications landscape looks like. A review of the types of communicators employed by public power, its messaging, and engagement with the community.

When it is conducted: Every five years between March and April

When next survey is due: April 2028

Who can participate: All public power utilities and joint action agencies

Download the latest report

Sample Survey

Contact: [email protected]

Public Power Purchasing Outlook Survey

This survey benchmarks utilities' resource allocation against public power peers nationwide. It also evaluates the needs, wants, demands, and anticipated investments in the following areas over the next three to five years: metering/OMS, customers/billing, distribution energy resources, cybersecurity and IT, and business and financial resources.

When it is conducted: Every two years between September and October

When next survey is due: October 2024

Who can participate: All public power utilities and joint action agencies 

Get the latest report (Available for purchase and free for all respondents and Elite Corporate Associate members)

Contact: [email protected] 

 

Safety Awards of Excellence

This annual review asks public power utilities for three consecutive prior years of injury and illness incidence rates. The anonymized data contributes to an annual safety benchmarking report.

When it is conducted: January each year. 

Who can participate: Open to all public power utility members.

When the next survey is due: January 2024

View a sample report (from 2020, publicly available).

Sample Survey

Contact: Giacomo Wray, [email protected]

Tax Payments and Contributions Survey

Details the payments in lieu of taxes and other payments and in-kind contributions public power utilities make to local and state governments. Utilities can compare their contributions by revenue and region, and to taxes paid by investor-owned utilities.

When it is conducted: Every two years between January and March.

When next survey is due: March 2026

Who can participate: All public power utilities that are at least 50% retail.

Download the latest report

Sample Survey

Contact: Lindsey Buttel, [email protected]