Electric Utilities Celebrate the Benefits of Local Ownership

Annual Public Power Week honors municipal electric utilities’ service to customers

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 7, 2013 – Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) and its 31 member utilities celebrate the benefits of locally owned electric utilities during Public Power Week on Oct. 6 through Oct. 12, 2013.

Public Power Week is a nationwide event organized by the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C. The annual event celebrates the benefits of the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, also known as public power utilities.

“Customers may be surprised to learn that the type of electric utility that serves them makes a difference, but local utility ownership has real benefits both tangible and intangible,” said FMPA General Manager and CEO Nicholas P. Guarriello. “Some benefits are easy to measure, like keeping the lights on and returning a higher percent of revenues to the community. And some benefits are harder to measure but no less important, like personal service and local accountability that come from a locally owned and operated utility.”

Consumers can find out if they are served by a municipal electric utility and learn more about benefits of local ownership at the Home Power Advantage website. The site was created by FMPA and the Florida Municipal Electric Association this year to help electric customers learn more about where their power comes from and why it matters.

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Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 31 municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately two million Floridians.

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