Representative Projects, Energy Policy and Deregulation

Public Power and Democracy

This 2000 report for the American Public Power Association describes the origins and growth of public power as a democratic institution in the United States. The first part of the report traces the belief in local control in American political history since the days of the founding fathers, the growth of public power, and the emerging ideal of local democratic control throughout the twentieth century.

The second part of the report presents case studies of public power in Cedar Falls, Iowa; Jacksonville, Florida; and Tacoma, Washington. These towns differed in size and in generation type, yet each town developed public power as a pragmatic step to lower rates and provide better service. Within a short time, people recognized the advantages that local control offered, including not only lower rates and better service, but also the ability to attract new business and significant financial contributions to local government. The American Public Power Association printed more than 5,000 copies of this report for distribution to its membership at its annual legislative conference.

Skokomish Indian Tribe v. United States, Tacoma Public Utilities; City of Tacoma; et al., United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Tacoma Division, No. C99-5606FDB

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