Honoring California’s Community Owned Utilities During Public Power Week
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
by: By Senator Ben Hueso and Assemblymember Chris Holden

Section: CMUA News

SACRAMENTO — This week California is formally celebrating the community-owned power utilities across our state. We’re recognizing thousands of hard-working employees and the safe, reliable and sustainable electricity they provide that is vital to our local communities and the state’s economy as a whole.

That is why we put forward a legislative resolution that designates the first full week of October of each year as Public Power Week in California in honor of public power utilities and their customer-owners, policymakers, and employees who work together to provide the best possible energy service for the benefit of their communities.

More than 10 million Californians in 46 communities across the state are served by  community-owned, not-for-profit public power utilities — including communities in our Assembly and Senate districts. These public power utilities provide homes, businesses, schools, and government agencies with safe, reliable, and sustainable electricity at affordable rates. Public power utilities are valuable community assets that contribute to the well-being of local residents.
We lead the committees in the State Legislature that are responsible for energy policy in California. Along with our colleagues, we have helped chart a bold path to significantly reduce carbon emissions stemming from electricity generation in California.

Public power utilities, their customer-owners, and utility employees are playing an important role in achieving the state’s bold climate goals. Public power utilities will continue to be key partners in the fight against climate change, while continuing to keep Californians’ electric rates affordable, and maintaining the highest degree of reliability so the lights stay on 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Please join us in celebrating Public Power Week in California on October 3-9, 2021.