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Nebraska’s Community-Owned Electricity System

A Nebraska landscape

Nebraska is the only state with a community-owned electricity system. It works very effectively and provides electricity more cheaply than in any other state. What may we learn from them?

Nebraska’s Community-Owned Electricity System

In the United States, there is one state, and only one state, where every single resident and business receives electricity from a community-owned institution rather than a for-profit corporation. It is not a famously liberal state like Vermont or Massachusetts. Rather, it is conservative Nebraska, with its two Republican Senators and two (out of three) Republican members of Congress, that has embraced the complete socialization of energy distribution.

In Nebraska, 121 publicly owned utilities, ten cooperatives, and 30 public power districts provide electricity to a population of around 1.8 million people. Public and cooperative ownership keeps costs low for the state’s consumers. Nebraskans pay one of the lowest rates for electricity in the nation and revenues are reinvested in infrastructure to ensure reliable and cheap service for years to come. […]

Tired of abusive corporate practices, in 1930 residents and advocates of publicly owned utilities took a revenue bond financing proposal straight to the voters, bypassing the corporate-influenced legislature which had previously failed to pass similar legislation. It was approved overwhelmingly—signaling both popular support for publicly owned utilities in the state and also the beginnings of their resurgence. […]

— Thomas Hanna, Community-Wealth.Org

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

2 Comments

  1. Susan Chandler

    Reblogged this on Wobbly Warrior's Blog and commented:
    Another sole-state success story is North Dakota’s state bank [http://banknd.nd.gov/].

    • JoAnn Chateau

      That’s right! Thanks for the reblog 🙂

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