Department of Economics
Today approximately 3,500 electric utility systems in the United States are owned by investors, cities, and consumers, such as rural electric cooperatives. About 2,000 of these electric systems are municipal (city-owned) and serve 13.5% of the consumers in the United States, while the investor owned utilities total around 480 and serve 79.0% of the customers. The remaining 1,000 systems are rural cooperatives which serve 7.5% of the consumers.
This publication concerns a study of the 2,000 electric systems that are municipally owned. They constitute more than half of the electric systems in the United States but serve only 13.5% of the consumers, thus most of them are smaller than the investor owned systems.
Brookings Municipal Utilities, government owned versus private owned utility companies, selling municipal utilities economic decision points
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
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