Why Public Power?
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Why AMP?

AMP’s core mission is to serve members through public power joint action, innovative solutions, robust advocacy and cost-effective management of power supply and energy services. Our diverse energy portfolio makes the organization a progressive leader in deploying renewable and advanced power assets that include a variety of baseload, intermediate and distributed peaking generation using hydropower, wind, landfill gas, solar and fossil fuels, as well as a robust energy efficiency program.

The answer is simple: we are locally owned, nonprofit providing balanced, sustainable and reliable power

Operational costs are usually one of the critical deciding factors when companies are evaluating sites for a new facility. Public power utilities are not-for-profit and operated by local governments who establish their electric rates based on the cost to serve.

Community Owned. Transparent. Responsive.

Public power offers distinct benefits to consumers and contributes to community growth.

  • Local control. Every resident and business within a public power community is a utility owner, with a direct say in policies that affect rates and service.
  • Economic development. Public power systems are flexible, accessible and responsive ― working closely with commercial and industrial customers planning for long-term sustainability.
  • Efficient service. By providing service, consistent with sound business practices, public power systems are accountable to their owner-customers, not shareholders.
  • Commitment. Public power systems are committed to reliability, conservation, responsiveness, safety and sustainability, and work to meet long-term community goals.

Public power is a collection of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving over 49 million people or about 14 percent of the nation’s electricity consumers.

Public power utilities — invest more than $2B annually in local communities

93,000 hometown jobs — provided by public power utilities

In 2019 — 40 percent non-carbon emitting sourced energy


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