Emerald PUD is a public power utility. That means we are not-for-profit, and exist only to provide reliable electric service at reasonable rates. Public power systems belong to the people they serve. In our community, the owners and users of our electric utility are the same. That means that your goals are also ours. There are no dividends to pay out-of-state stockholders, and all the benefits of our locally controlled electric utility remain here in this community.

Benefits of Public Power

  • Greater reliability, reduced outages<pinwheel group picture
  • Quick response from local crews
  • More money stays in the community
  • Lower rates attract and keep business in the area
  • Property taxes and city franchise fees stay local
  • Access to tax-exempt financing for capital projects
  • Local control over conservation, low-income programs, etc.
  • Responsive to customers – each customer is an owner
  • Service shaped by long-term community goals
  • Local management adds to community leadership, innovation and development

Pubic Power Fast Facts

  • More than 45 million Americans are now served by PUBLIC power – that is almost 15% of all consumers
  • There are more than 2,000 PUBLIC power systems in the U.S., in every state but Hawaii
  • Some of the nation’s largest cities – Los Angeles, San Antonio, Seattle and Orlando – operate PUBLIC power electric utilities
  • PRIVATE power customers pay an average of 14% more than PUBLIC power customers
  • PUBLIC power pays about 5.0% of its electric operating revenues to its cities and states, which is 19% higher than revenues and fees paid by PRIVATE power companies

* (Facts Sourced From American Public Power Association)