Municipal Enterprise

Municipal Enterprise

Austin Energy

Austin Energy provides electricity to over 448,000 customers in the City of Austin, Travis County, and part of Williamson County. It is the country’s 8th largest publicly owned electric utility, which means it returns profits of roughly $105 million to the city’s general fund each year.  Austin Energy owns the nation’s first and largest green building program and has one of the top performing renewable energy programs, with nearly 50 percent of its power generation being carbon-emission free.

Cape Light Compact

An inter-governmental organization consisting of the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, the Cape Light Compact strives to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of energy efficiency programs, consumer advocacy, electricity supply, and green power options. As part of its focus on consumer advocacy, the Compact provides discounted rates and expanded consumer protection and assistance for eligible low-income residents. Read more about Cape Light Compact...

Cedar Falls Utilities

Cedar Falls Utilities has been a leader among municipal utilities in the development of broadband, recently completing its first fiber-to-the-premise installation in 2006. It provides high-speed Internet service to its customers for $40 a month, maintains lower prices than surrounding utilities, and generated $1.4 million for Cedar Falls' general fund in 2006. By the end of 2003, the number of high-speed Internet customers had reached 75% of the number of basic cable subscribers, enabling the utility to begin to retire debt taken on for the project ahead of schedule. Read more about Cedar Falls Utilities...

Cleveland Public Power

Founded in 1906, Cleveland Public Power is Ohio's largest public power company and the 35th largest in the nation. In the 1970s, the city was almost forced to sell the company. In 1977, then Mayoral candidate (now Congressman) Dennis Kucinich (D) ran on a platform to stop the sale. Two years later, city residents voted 2-to-1 against privatizing their municipal power system. In 1986 then-Mayor (now U.S. Senator) George Voinovich (R) introduced legislation to enable the utility to expand its service system. Read more about Cleveland Public Power...

Coquille Economic Development Corporation

CEDCO acts as the parent corporation for all Coquille Tribal businesses, which range from hospitality and gaming to health care, agriculture (Coquille Cranberries may be the world's largest producer of organic cranberries) and a broadband telecommunications company dedicated to providing rural communities with high-speed Internet connectivity. Additionally, CEDCO acts as a business incubator for developing Tribal businesses. Read more about Coquille Economic Development Corporation...

Denver Convention Center Hotel

The City of Denver decided to use public ownership as a strategy to finance the development of a 37-floor, 1,100-room hotel with 1.25 million square feet of building area to support the nearby city-owned convention center. The facility, opened in December 2005 and renovated in 2014, is managed by the Hyatt Regency hotel chain.

Faneuil Hall

In 1976, The City of Boston acquired and restored the historic Faneuil Hall markets, creating one of the first examples of the so-called “festival marketplace” approach to economic development. The city owns and leases out three of its four Faneuil Hall buildings to a private property manager—this space is known as the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Over 70 retailers and 40 office tenants occupy 200,000 square feet of retail space. The fourth building, Faneuil Hall is still used as a lively marketplace, meeting hall where many Boston City debates are held. Read more about Faneuil Hall...

Glasgow Electric Power Board

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board governs the municipally owned power company in Glasgow, Kentucky. The service division provides consulting services and viability studies to those communities interested in starting a municipally owned utility, the acquisition of a privately operated facility, or the diversification of existing services. Read more about Glasgow Electric Power Board...

Hull Wind

The small Town of Hull (population less than 11,000) is one of dozens of cities that have municipally owned utilities. The Town of Hull Municipal Light Plant, owned by the city, produces all of the city’s electricity. When residents became interested in pursuing renewable power, they led citizen meetings, and were able to meet with the managers of the electric plant to persuade them to put up a wind turbine. In 2001 Hull put up the East Coast’s first commercial-scale wind turbine. Read more about Hull Wind...

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the country's largest public utility supplying water and electricity to the city's 3.8 million residents. Read more about Los Angeles Department of Water and Power...

Opinet

Optinet has been a leader among public utilities in the deployment of fiber-to-the-home technology for broadband transmission. Through its fiber network, the utility provides customers with local phone service, long distance telephone, cable TV, high speed Internet service, and advanced business voice and data transmission services. Read more about Opinet...

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market, established in 1907, provides rental space for 220 small business, 250 artisans, 80 farmers, and 350 residents—half of whom are low income seniors. In 2014, the overall vacancy rate was less than 2% and revenues reached $16.9 million. The Market is owned and managed by the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA), a not-for-profit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973. Read more about Pike Place Market...

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey was formed in 1921 as the first bi-state agency in the nation, in order to develop important transportation links between the two states. With jurisdiction over the Port District - a region within a radius of approximately 25 miles of the Statue of Liberty - the Port Authority is responsible for developing: the George Washington Bridge; the Outerbridge Crossing; the Goethals and the Bayonne bridges; the Lincoln Tunnel; upgrading and managing the Newark, LaGuardia, and John F. Read more about Port Authority of New York & New Jersey...

Municipal Enterprise

Austin Energy

Austin Energy provides electricity to over 448,000 customers in the City of Austin, Travis County, and part of Williamson County. It is the country’s 8th largest publicly owned electric utility, which means it returns profits of roughly $105 million to the city’s general fund each year.  Austin Energy owns the nation’s first and largest green building program and has one of the top performing renewable energy programs, with nearly 50 percent of its power generation being carbon-emission free.

Cape Light Compact

An inter-governmental organization consisting of the 21 towns and two counties on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard, the Cape Light Compact strives to serve its 200,000 customers through the delivery of energy efficiency programs, consumer advocacy, electricity supply, and green power options. As part of its focus on consumer advocacy, the Compact provides discounted rates and expanded consumer protection and assistance for eligible low-income residents. Read more about Cape Light Compact...

Cedar Falls Utilities

Cedar Falls Utilities has been a leader among municipal utilities in the development of broadband, recently completing its first fiber-to-the-premise installation in 2006. It provides high-speed Internet service to its customers for $40 a month, maintains lower prices than surrounding utilities, and generated $1.4 million for Cedar Falls' general fund in 2006. By the end of 2003, the number of high-speed Internet customers had reached 75% of the number of basic cable subscribers, enabling the utility to begin to retire debt taken on for the project ahead of schedule. Read more about Cedar Falls Utilities...

Cleveland Public Power

Founded in 1906, Cleveland Public Power is Ohio's largest public power company and the 35th largest in the nation. In the 1970s, the city was almost forced to sell the company. In 1977, then Mayoral candidate (now Congressman) Dennis Kucinich (D) ran on a platform to stop the sale. Two years later, city residents voted 2-to-1 against privatizing their municipal power system. In 1986 then-Mayor (now U.S. Senator) George Voinovich (R) introduced legislation to enable the utility to expand its service system. Read more about Cleveland Public Power...

Coquille Economic Development Corporation

CEDCO acts as the parent corporation for all Coquille Tribal businesses, which range from hospitality and gaming to health care, agriculture (Coquille Cranberries may be the world's largest producer of organic cranberries) and a broadband telecommunications company dedicated to providing rural communities with high-speed Internet connectivity. Additionally, CEDCO acts as a business incubator for developing Tribal businesses. Read more about Coquille Economic Development Corporation...

Denver Convention Center Hotel

The City of Denver decided to use public ownership as a strategy to finance the development of a 37-floor, 1,100-room hotel with 1.25 million square feet of building area to support the nearby city-owned convention center. The facility, opened in December 2005 and renovated in 2014, is managed by the Hyatt Regency hotel chain.

Faneuil Hall

In 1976, The City of Boston acquired and restored the historic Faneuil Hall markets, creating one of the first examples of the so-called “festival marketplace” approach to economic development. The city owns and leases out three of its four Faneuil Hall buildings to a private property manager—this space is known as the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Over 70 retailers and 40 office tenants occupy 200,000 square feet of retail space. The fourth building, Faneuil Hall is still used as a lively marketplace, meeting hall where many Boston City debates are held. Read more about Faneuil Hall...

Glasgow Electric Power Board

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board governs the municipally owned power company in Glasgow, Kentucky. The service division provides consulting services and viability studies to those communities interested in starting a municipally owned utility, the acquisition of a privately operated facility, or the diversification of existing services. Read more about Glasgow Electric Power Board...

Hull Wind

The small Town of Hull (population less than 11,000) is one of dozens of cities that have municipally owned utilities. The Town of Hull Municipal Light Plant, owned by the city, produces all of the city’s electricity. When residents became interested in pursuing renewable power, they led citizen meetings, and were able to meet with the managers of the electric plant to persuade them to put up a wind turbine. In 2001 Hull put up the East Coast’s first commercial-scale wind turbine. Read more about Hull Wind...

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the country's largest public utility supplying water and electricity to the city's 3.8 million residents. Read more about Los Angeles Department of Water and Power...

Opinet

Optinet has been a leader among public utilities in the deployment of fiber-to-the-home technology for broadband transmission. Through its fiber network, the utility provides customers with local phone service, long distance telephone, cable TV, high speed Internet service, and advanced business voice and data transmission services. Read more about Opinet...

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market, established in 1907, provides rental space for 220 small business, 250 artisans, 80 farmers, and 350 residents—half of whom are low income seniors. In 2014, the overall vacancy rate was less than 2% and revenues reached $16.9 million. The Market is owned and managed by the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority (PDA), a not-for-profit, public corporation chartered by the City of Seattle in 1973. Read more about Pike Place Market...

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey was formed in 1921 as the first bi-state agency in the nation, in order to develop important transportation links between the two states. With jurisdiction over the Port District - a region within a radius of approximately 25 miles of the Statue of Liberty - the Port Authority is responsible for developing: the George Washington Bridge; the Outerbridge Crossing; the Goethals and the Bayonne bridges; the Lincoln Tunnel; upgrading and managing the Newark, LaGuardia, and John F. Read more about Port Authority of New York & New Jersey...