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FERC Order 745 Struck Down: Customers’ Reduced Electricity Use is NOT a Wholesale Commodity


I was frankly appalled by the lack of respect for the limits the Federal Power Act places on FERC’s jurisdiction. If “wholesale demand response” was within FERC’s jurisdiction, then pretty much everything could be, and public power utilities’ local ownership and local control would be fatally undermined.

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Public Power: Locally Grown, Community Owned

Local Product: Public Power

Close to 2,000 cities and towns in the U.S. have public power — electricity that comes from a community-owned utility. Public power utilities have no stockholders and are driven by the singular mission to serve their customers. They measure success by how much money stays within the community, not by how much profit goes to often remote stockholders. There are no divided loyalties.

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