Why Public Power

Public power utilities are community-owned, not-for-profit electric systems.

MEAG Power is a type of public power entity designated as a joint action agency, meaning we are a consortium of public power systems within our state. Public power costs less, due to its not-for-profit nature and efficient management and operation. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration, investor-owned utility residential rates are 14% above those of public power utilities. Investor-owned commercial rates are 9% higher.

Additional benefits of public power include:

  • High reliability
  • Immediate access to local rate-setting authorities
  • Local service and repair access
  • Long-term focus on community growth
  • Greater portion of revenues stay in the community
  • Local employment
  • Attractive nature of community-delivered electricity to new and relocating businesses
  • Greater awareness of local energy needs