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Public Power

The U.S. utility market consists of investor-owned utilities, public-owned utilities, cooperatives, and Federal utilities. The information below shows you what three public power markets are doing with wind energy.

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Wind Power for Rural Electric Utilities

The nation's electric cooperative utilities have begun to include wind power in their energy supply portfolios. Read the stories of four wind power pioneers.

Wind Power for Municipal Utilities

From Oregon to Maine, municipal utilities are beginning to harness the wind. Read stories about six of the early pioneers, ranging in size from small to large.

Public-Owned Utilities

Public-owned utilities are nonprofit, owned by a community, and operated by municipalities, counties, states, public power districts, or other public organizations. Citizens have a say in decisions and policies about rates, services, generating fuels, the environment. For more information about public-owned utilities, visit American Public Power Association.

Electric Cooperatives

Electric cooperatives are owned by the consumers they serve, and they seek new technologies and resources to keep their operations competitive. For more information about electric cooperatives, visit the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Federal Utilities

Federal utilities include the Tennessee Valley Authority, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bonneville Power Administration, the Southeastern Power Administration, the Southwestern Power Administration, and the Western Area Power Administration. Federal electric utilities produce not-for-profit power and primarily sell it wholesale to other electric utilities. Federal utility power is primarily generated by water resources, but also includes wind power.


This page lists information resources for the public power market.