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Public Power Week

Each year, more than 2,000 community-owned utilities, like Waterloo Utilities, across the nation observe Public Power Week – a celebration of these not-for-profit electric utilities that proudly serve the electric power needs of more than 46 million Americans – or almost 14 percent of electricity consumers.

Public power utilities are operated by local governments to provide communities with reliable, responsive, not-for-profit electric service. Public power utilities are directly accountable to the people they serve through local elected or appointed officials.

Some of the nation's largest cities - Los Angeles, San Antonio, Seattle and Orlando - operate publicly owned electric utilities, but many public power communities are small with their utilities serving 3,000 or fewer customers.

Every public power system is different due to its community’s population, geography and climate, natural resources, economic and social resources and challenges, and local government structure and goals. However, all public power systems have in common their purpose: to provide adequate, reliable, not-for-profit electricity at a reasonable price with proper protection of the environment.