Community-owned utilities (COUs)–where the ratepayers own the utility rather than corporate shareholders–have been providing reliable electricity to customers across America for decades. Over 2,000 COUs serve 49 million customers in the U.S. Michigan’s 40 COUs charge their customers significantly less on average for much better service than what DTE provides.

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BENEFITS OF COMMUNITY-OWNED UTILITIES

COUs often outperform investor-owned utilities (IOUs) because of one essential difference: IOUs serve their shareholders while COUs serve their ratepayer/owners.

Click on each of the benefits listed below to learn more details about why COUs are a better choice for customers:

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