Your Electric Utility Matters
The type of electric utility that serves a community can have a big impact on the quality of life, as well as the people that live there.
Private, investor-owned utilities are owned by large corporations whose profits go to distant shareholders. Another type of utility, known as electric cooperatives, are owned by consumers and generally serves rural areas.
Municipal electric utilities are unique. Sometimes known as public power utilities, they are locally owned by the cities, towns, and the citizens that they serve. Their local employees provide reliable electricity and personal service. Not-for-profit rates and community funds are reinvested locally, where decisions are made at public meetings that give everyone a voice.
Building Strong Communities through the Years
Florida’s locally owned electric utilities have a long history of serving their communities. Some have been in business for more than a century, while one recently celebrated its first decade of service.
In the early days of electricity, large power companies were slow to invest in building the poles, wires, and power plants needed to serve smaller and more rural communities. Some cities and towns took matters into their own hands, and used their city governments to build a stronger community and operate their own electric systems.
Today, the benefits of locally owned electric utilities are as important as ever. In Florida, 34 municipal electric utilities serve 3 million Floridians, or approximately 15% of Florida consumers.
For more information, please visit publicpower.com