Energy Adviser: Bringing power brings pride – The Columbian

by | Oct 8, 2022 | Energy

The first week of October, Public Power Week, is a special time at Clark Public Utilities.
It’s a time when utility employees and those at other customer-owned, nonprofit utilities including public utility districts, municipal utilities and electric cooperatives across America reflect on the value of being a public power utility and the many benefits public power provides.
Public power is community power. It’s energy service delivered by your friends and neighbors, to benefit local life and the local economy. Being not-for-profit, locally owned and controlled by customers is the key difference between “public” and “private” or “investor-owned” utilities.
Public utility companies prioritize reliability and safety, affordability and cost control, and providing excellent customer service — not profits for shareholders. That’s why public power customers enjoy consistently responsive and compassionate customer service, lower electricity rates and better reliability than those served by investor-owned utilities.
Across America, about 2,000 public utilities serve nearly 50 million people in cities across 49 states. No matter where they operate, public utilities across the nation are committed to the people, businesses and institutions they serve.

Clark Public Utilities is owned by you, the customer. You elect the three commissioners that run your utility, formally known as Public Utility District No. 1 of Clark County. That’s how it’s been since 1938 when the P.U.D. was created by a vote of the people, to the jubilation of the local farmers who spent years working with Clark County’s local Grange to see the issue put on the ballot.
While much has changed since Aug. 21, 1942, the day the e …

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