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Public Power Statistics

2016 Retail Electric Rates in Regulated and Deregulated States

The U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration (EIA) data show that between 1997 and 2016, increases in retail electric prices in states with deregulated electric markets and regulated states were about the same, and the original promise of deregulation – greatly reduced prices – has not materialized.

America’s Generation Capacity, 2017 Update
The tenth annual report on current and forthcoming electricity generation capacity in America by types of fuel, location, and ownership type. Currently, America has just over 1.19 million megawatts of generation capacity. The largest fuel source is natural gas, accounting for over 43 percent of all generation capacity. Coal, with a share of just under 25 percent of capacity, is the second largest generation source. Nuclear, hydro, and wind together account for nearly 25 percent of capacity. Natural gas will continue to be the top fuel source in the near and distant future, followed by wind. A growing amount of generating capacity is expected to be fueled by solar.

Average Revenue per kWh, 2015 for Electric Utilities in the U.S. icon_membersonly
This report shows each utility's average revenue per kilowatt-hour, representing full service sales only. Average values for states with retail choice do not include sales to customers that purchase power from alternate energy suppliers. Revenue per kilowatt-hour was calculated by APPA from data reported by each utility to EIA on Form EIA-861.

2015 Governance Survey
In April 2015 the American Public Power Association conducted its ninth “Governance Survey.” The purpose of the survey is to determine the type of control local governments exercise over publicly owned electric systems. This report summarizes the survey data, presenting information on the type of governing bodies that oversee public power systems, term limits and compensation of governing body members, and the authorities granted to utility governing bodies.

State Commission Authority to Regulate Public Power Utility Rates, Published June 2014
In general, a utility’s governing body (city council or independent utility board, for example) has authority over a public power utility’s retail rates, but in some states – and in certain circumstances – a state regulatory commission may have jurisdiction. APPA has listed for each state excerpts from state statutes and commission websites that address the degree of commission oversight of public power utilities’ rates. APPA provides these excerpts as reference material only; they do not constitute legal advice. Includes supplements: Quick Reference Guide to State Regulation of Public Power Utilities and a chart on the Authority of State Commissions to Regulate Public Power Utilities.

Public Power Utilities: Net Metering Programs
This document assembles information from public power utility websites in order to describe the net metering policies and programs of larger public power systems in each state.

Public Power Pays Back (Payments in Lieu of Taxes 2014 Data), Published 2016

APPA Selected Financial and Operating Ratios of Public Power Systems, 2013 Data Published February 2014 icon_membersonly
This is the latest in the annual report series prepared by the American Public Power Association (APPA) on financial and operating ratios. Many of the ratios in this report were suggested by the APPA Performance Management Committee and its predecessor, the APPA Task Force on Performance Indicators. The report was prepared by the APPA Statistical Analysis Department.

Distributed Generation: An Overview of Recent Policy and Market Developments Published November 2013

Understanding and Evaluating Payments in Lieu of Taxes and Other Contributions to State and Local Governments: A Guide for Publicly Owned Electric Utility Policies and Procedures, Published June 2012 icon_membersonly

APPA's Annual Directory & Statistical Report
View tables and graphs from the Public Power Annual Directory & Statistical Report. Based primarily on U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration data, these tables provide an overview of the electric utility industry and highlight public power's position in the industry. The data are for the previous year. The EIA collects data from electric utilities, power marketers and non-utility generators, and makes much of this information available to the public on the EIA web page:

Sold or Transferred Plants Since 1998
These tables summarize the amount of generating capacity sold or transferred since 1998. Summaries include by type (utility vs. non-utility) and by state.

Investor-Owned Utility Information
Major Federal Tax Breaks that Lower Investor-Owned Electric Company Costs and U.S. Treasury Revenues 2006 [pdf]
Glossary of Investor-Owned Utility Names and Compilation of Investor-Owned Utility Transactions

Selected Financial and Operating Ratios of Public Power Systems, 2011 Data 


Paul Zummo, Director of Policy Research and Analysis, 202/467-2969