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.
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BENEFITS OF MUNICIPAL UTILITIES
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:
- See our fact sheet on how Ann Arbor can reach 100% renewable energy by 2030, in line with our A2 Zero goals
- Check out past events on our YouTube channel.
- American Public Power Association homepage
- Democratizing Power: New Citizen Initiatives Challenge Monopoly Electric Utilities — webinar from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Ann Arbor for Public Power (A2P2) demands that City Council reject the nomination of Knox Cameron to the Ann Arbor Energy Commission. DTE Energy, Mr. Cameron’s employer, should not have representation on the Energy Commission, which advises City Council on energy matters.