Public Power’s Reliability Pays Off

Public power is so reliable, economists have put a number to it.

Dependable energy from public power providers translates to over $75 million in economic value to public power communities and customers.1

When even the slightest downtime equals real dollars lost, remember:

  • Public power providers keep the power on 99.8% of the time.
  • North Carolina public power communities experience 40% fewer outages than communities powered by other providers.
  • When power does go out, North Carolina public power communities get their power back on three times faster.

What’s more, the city’s electric fund is a reliable, integral, irreplaceable part of a city’s budget. And public power’s financial contributions to state and local governments are 33% higher than those of investor-owned utilities.

1. According to a study by Berkley Lab, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Division.


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