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Public power utilities are one of three primary types of electric utilities that serve customers in the United States.

Public power utilities are:

  • Not for profit
  • Community-owned
  • Locally controlled

One in seven Americans are served by a public power utility. Approximately 2,000 communities – in 49 states and 5 U.S. territories – have a public power utility.

As a whole, public power utilities have lower rates than other types of electric utilities.

Public power utilities also deliver more reliable electric service.

  • Outside of major adverse events (e.g., storms), customers of a public power utility are likely to be without power for less time – 76 minutes a year compared to 138 minutes a year for customers of private utilities.

10% of electricity generated in the U.S. is from public power facilities.

In 2020, approximately 40% of this electricity was generated from non-carbon emitting sources.

Find more data on electricity generation and generating capacity in the Public Power Statistical Report and America’s Generating Capacity report

Public power supports strong local economies.

Annual electric revenue from sales for public power is approximately $60 billion.

Public power utilities invest this revenue into their communities through:

  • Payments in lieu of taxes
  • Providing hometown jobs
  • Offering free or reduced cost electric services
  • Supporting local causes and charities

Read more about how public power gives back to communities.

Public power utilities employ 96,000 people in hometown jobs. Read why these employees should be paid competitively to maintain public power’s advantages.


Get more data about public power and electric utilities in the following reports.