Public Power Week focuses on reliable electricity providers

By Patrick C. McIntyre, CSU Energy Coordinator

The City of College Station joins communities across the nation this week in recognizing the thousands of men and women who provide and maintain the electrical grid infrastructure and services known as public power.

The American Public Power Association coordinates Public Power Week, which is in its 29th year. Not-for-profit, community-owned electric providers serve about 47 million Americans in nearly 2,000 towns and cities.

With no divided loyalties, these utilities focus on providing reliable electricity while protecting the environment.

College Station Utilities is among 72 publicly owned utilities in Texas that serve more than 4.1 million customers with community-owned power. CSU is one of only two utilities in our state to be nationally recognized this year as a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3). The designation is based on reliability, safety, workforce development and system improvement.

CSU’s departments include administration, compliance, transmission & distribution, substations, operations, design, metering, key accounts and energy conservation. Utility Customer Service includes customer service, residential accounts, commercial accounts and meters.

The 67 employees at CSU and the 27 at UCS are the foundation of our reliable service and maintain the electric system infrastructure that allows our community to develop and grow. Our revenues also keep taxes low and help fund public safety, parks and libraries.

As we observe Public Power Week, we thank our employees for the hard work, professionalism and dedicated service they provide to our community every day.

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