Why are public power rates lower?
  • Leads the industry in providing efficient, low-cost electric service                         
  • They are not-for-profit and do not pay dividends to outside stockholders
  • They are more efficiently managed than private companies averaging about 10% less in administrative and general expenses                
  • Do not pay federal income taxes
  • Can issue tax-free bonds for capital expansion, which provide financing at a lower cost than taxable private corporate bonds          
  • Have relatively more access than do private power companies to low-cost hydroelectricity marketed by federal and state agencies at cost-based prices. The power from these publicly owned projects is sold first to not-for-profit, consumed-owned utilities            

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1. What do I do if the power goes out?
2. What is public power?
3. What are the benefits of public power?
4. How do rates compare?
5. Why are public power rates lower?
6. What are the other economic benefits of public power?
7. What are the national economic benefits of public power?
8. How is public power responsive to its consumer-owners?
9. How are public power systems regulated?