In thinking about transmission pricing for a competitive electric industry, we should remember that the fundamental objective of competition is to increase economic efficiency. Improved economic...
up for community-owned public power. That decision rests in the hands of the citizens of the communities served by public power.
From everything going on around the country, I don't see the citizens of public power communities concluding that their utilities have fulfilled their mission. In fact, if anything, they are asking their public power systems to do more. And citizens in scores of other communities think the time may be right for public power in their hometown.
Based on everything I see, I am absolutely convinced that the time is right for public power, and public power is absolutely right for the time.
Alan H. Richardson is executive director of the American Public Power Association, the service organization for the nation's 2,000 community- and state-owned public power systems.
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