Public Power Week

Public power utilities across the United States annually celebrate Public Power Week the first full week of October. Across the nation, about 2,000 public power utilities provide electricity to 49 million people.

Ripley Power and Light Company celebrated Public Power Week with a coloring contest. The winners, above, were, from left, Kynlee Haynes, Jace Harrell, William Howell and Dayvonee Brand.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee signed a proclamation honoring the role public power utilities have in Tennessee, stating:

  • Tennessee’s public power utilities are valuable community assets that contribute to the well-being of their local communities through economic development, energy efficiency, customer service, environmental protection and safety awareness.
  • Tennessee’s 60 municipal and county power distributors provide reliable and affordable power to 4.5 million Tennesseans, including 65% of the state’s residential, commercial and industrial customers, and provide over 71% of the electricity sold in the state.
  • Tennessee leads the nation in public power, ranking first in public
    power megawatt hours, second in public power revenue and second in the
    number of public power customers.