Do you know the difference between a Public Power Utility and an Investor-Owned Utility? A Public Power Utility, also called a municipal utility, such as the Hudson Light and Power Department, is a not-for-profit organization owned by the community it serves. Investor-Owned utilities are corporations owned by shareholders (investors). A municipal utility serves its customers through the elected Light Board; an investor-owned utility serves its shareholders through its Corporate Board. The benefits of Public Power include:

. . . Low Rates! Municipal utilities are not profit oriented and therefore have lower electric rates .

. . . Local Control! Municipal ratepayers have a stronger voice in the way their utility is operated. Board members are elected; and their meetings are open to the public. The Hudson Municipal Light Board monthly meeting dates are posted with the Hudson Town Clerk.

. . . Superb Service! Municipal utilities serve smaller geographic areas which allows for quick response times and shorter outage durations. Municipal employees typically live nearby and can provide quick emergency service throughout the year.

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