Why should Ann Arbor own its electric grid and provide power instead of a corporation like DTE? There are three important reasons:


Accelerate our transition to 100% renewable electricty.


Reduce outages and make our grid more resilient.


Ensure power is available and affordable to everyone in Ann Arbor.

Municipal utilities–owned by the public rather than by corporate shareholders–have been providing reliable electricity to customers across America for decades. Over 2,000 munis serve 49 million customers in the U.S. Michigan’s 41 municipal utilities charge their customers significantly less on average for much better service than what DTE provides.

The Washtenaw County Democratic Party supports the goal and campaign of Ann Arbor for Public Power (A2P2) to replace DTE with a full municipal electric utility in Ann Arbor. To read the full resolution, click here.

Author and activist Bill McKibben on Public Power

County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi on DTE Lobbyists

Round Table Educational Series

Check out our Round Table series, where activists from Ann Arbor and across the state discuss what they are doing to hold DTE accountable and fight for environmental justice, climate action, more reliable electricity, more affordable rates, and increased community control of the electric grid.

Hear from our members: Why Public Power?

Pride in Public Power: Public Power as a National Movement

American Public Power Association

Benefits of Public Power

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

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

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