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About the American Public Power Association

Serving Public Power for More Than 75 Years

The American Public Power Association partners with its members to promote public power, helping community-owned utilities deliver superior services through joint advocacy, education, and collaboration. It's vision is to shape the future of public power to drive a new era of community-owned electric service.

The Association was created in 1940 as a nonprofit, non-partisan organization to advance the public policy interests of its members and their consumers, and provide member services to ensure adequate, reliable electricity at a reasonable price with the proper protection of the environment.

Policy positions emphasize the importance of hometown decision making that puts customers first and ensures a stable supply of electricity while protecting the environment. Since two-thirds of public power systems do not generate their own electricity and instead buy it on the wholesale market for distribution to customers, securing competitively priced and reliable wholesale power is a priority.

The Association participates in a wide range of legislative and regulatory forums. It advocates policies that:

  • ensure reliable electricity service at competitive costs;
  • advance diversity and equity in the electric utility industry;
  • promote effective competition in the wholesale electricity marketplace;
  • protect the environment and the health and safety of electricity consumers and;
  • safeguard the ability of communities to provide infrastructure services that their consumers require.

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Association membership affords all employees of member utilities access to a range of information and resources to assist them serve their customers.  Learn more about the many membership benefits by viewing this free webinar.

Strategic Planning

The Association board and staff have reiterated a longstanding commitment to provide the highest level of service to every one of our member utilities. In 2015, the Association took more time to gauge member needs, scan the environment, and explore how it can help members thrive in a dramatically changing industry.

Toward this end, the Association launched “Power with Purpose,” an intensive strategic planning process that defined our member services path for the years ahead.

Power with Purpose focused on six key areas of APPA’s operations — advocacy, information, education, engineering services, membership, and finance. In June 2015, the Association released a strategic plan that will help association staff in better developing programs and activities for the next three years.

Learn more about the strategic planning process.

Download an executive summary of the Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2018.

Download the complete version of the Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2018.

Association Staff and Employment

About 60 association staff members carry out policies and programs. Inquire about employment at the American Public Power Association or access the Staff Directoryicon_membersonly

Join the Association

Interested in Joining, But Would Like More Information - Watch the "Discover the Value of Membership" webinar or download the PowerPoint presentation.

More information on joining the American Public Power Association is available in the Join section.