What is Public Power?
Locally owned public power utilities first appeared more than 100 years ago when communities created electric utilities to provide light and power to their citizens. Throughout the end of the 1800’s and the first decades of the 1900’s, the number of utilities grew rapidly. And while many utilities were sold to larger interests during the 20th century, thousands of communities like Cedarburg chose to preserve this valuable asset and the local control it provides. Today, more than 2,000 communities across the country enjoy the advantages of public power.
Other utility companies are sometimes called “public” because they provide electric services to everyone—but that doesn’t make them true public power utilities. Public power means homes and businesses run on electricity provided by a not-for-profit, locally owned utility. That means the community has more control, so all the benefits produced by public power—including affordable energy costs, better service, and a focus on local goals—stay in the community.
Public power utilities are not-for-profit. They’re local. And that makes all the difference. To learn about public power and the benefits, visit Why Public Power.
Joint Action through WPPI Energy
Nearly three decades ago, 23 municipalities established WPPI Energy as the state’s first municipal electric company. Today, WPPI Energy helps 51 member utilities create and deliver affordable power to more than 195,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan.