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Dawson PPD power lines silhouetted at sunrise. September 2023.

Public power is an American tradition that is deeply rooted in our community, and its significance remains as vital today as it was over 80 years ago when Dawson PPD was first established. Let’s explore the value of public power for Dawson PPD’s customers and why it continues to be an essential part of our communities.

Rooted in American Ideals

Public power utilities, like our public schools and libraries, are a part of local government. They embody the American ideal of communities coming together to meet local needs. These utilities are governed locally, operated to provide essential services and strive to do so at a reasonable price.

Your Voice Matters

With public power, your voice matters. You elect your representative on the Dawson PPD Board of Directors. Your board representative makes decisions and policies with you in mind. Public power is committed to transparency, including public board meetings.

A Resilient Model

Public power has endured challenging times, including unfavorable political and economic climates. It’s a testament to its value and resilience. In fact, more than 2,000 cities and towns in the United States, including those within Dawson PPD’s service territory, rely on public power to illuminate homes, businesses and streets.

Public power is not just a historical tradition; it’s a vital part of our present and future. It’s a model that prioritizes fairness, reliability, local control and community ownership. So, the next time you flip on a light switch or plug in your device, remember that you are benefiting from a system that puts you first. Public power isn’t just about electricity; it’s about empowering our community.


The Five Pillars of Public Power

Public power utilities share five fundamental principles that make up their business model:

  1. Public Ownership: These utilities are owned by the people they serve, making them directly accountable to the community.
  2. Local Control: Local governance ensures that decisions align with our values and needs. It also allows for greater customer involvement in shaping utility policies.
  3. Not-for-profit Operations: Public power utilities exist solely to benefit their customers, without the pressures of generating profits for shareholders. At Dawson PPD, any excess revenues go back into the electric grid system for improvements or are saved into a rate stabilization fund.
  4. Low-Cost Structure: Public power utilities can access cost-effective financing and often have strong credit ratings. This enables them to provide reliable service at competitive rates.
  5. Customer Focus: Community-owned utilities are committed to delivering the best service and value for their customers. They tailor their services to meet local priorities and needs.


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