ORLANDO – Sunday, October 4th marks the beginning of Public Power Week, when the Orlando Utilities Commission and Florida’s 33 other public utilities – join more than 2,000 municipal utilities across the nation to share the importance of their contributions to local residents. Public Power Week, now in its 29th year, is an opportunity to celebrate the strength of public power and remind citizens that their hometown utility helps build and maintain a strong community.
Municipal utilities are driven by public service, not profit. They involve the local community in their decision-making. They are accountable to their local citizens, not distant shareholders. And they invest in the local community, helping to provide essential services, such as parks, public safety and roads.
Operating quite differently than their for-profit counterparts, who must satisfy the economic demands of global investors, public power utilities are measured by the quality service they provide local consumers, and by the contributions they make to their local community. Without question, public power helps to build strong communities.
Public power utilities have played an important role in Florida’s electric industry for more than 115 years by serving as local engines for economic growth. These local entities brought power to their cities and towns when others refused, and today public power utilities eagerly partner with their communities to expand economic development.
About OUC – The Reliable One
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida and 14th largest municipal in the country. OUC provides electric, water, chilled water and/or lighting services to more than 234,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. According to data provided by the Florida Public Service Commission, OUC has been more reliable than the state’s investor-owned utilities for 17 years running. OUC is focused not just on reliability and affordability, but weaves sustainability into everything it does. This includes opening the area’s first community solar farm, installing nearly 150 electric vehicle charging stations, implementing a comprehensive corporate recycling program and encouraging its customers to use energy and water as wisely as possible.