The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) is a type of public power entity designated as a joint action agency, meaning we are a consortium of 11 public power systems within our state.
There really is strength in numbers. By pooling resources, AMEA’s 11 local public power utilities gain the economies of scale needed to be efficient in today’s marketplace. Together, they can purchase low-cost electricity for their communities and take advantage of the latest technologies to better serve customer needs. This collaborative approach results in substantial savings for their communities.
Benefits of public power include:
- High reliability
- Immediate access to local rate-setting authorities
- Local service and repair access
- Long-term focus on community growth
- Greater portion of revenues stay in the community
- Local employment
- Attractive nature of community-delivered electricity to new and relocating businesses
- Greater awareness of local energy needs
Public power is a collection of more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities, serving over 45 million people or about 14 percent of the nation’s electricity consumers.
Public power utilities are operated by local governments to provide communities with reliable, responsive, not-for-profit electric service. Public power utilities are directly accountable to the people they serve through local elected or appointed officials.
Some of the nation’s largest cities – Los Angeles, San Antonio, Nashville, Seattle and Orlando – operate publicly-owned electric utilities, but many public power communities are small with their utilities serving 3,000 or fewer customers.
The American Public Power Association, which is the service organization for the nation’s more than 2,000 community-owned electric utilities. has a host of fact sheets about the benefits of public power. To learn more about public power, click here.