Austin Energy celebrates Public Power Week with volunteer event at Central Texas Food Bank

October 9, 2018

It’s Public Power Week! Austin Energy along with 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit utility companies across the country are giving back to the communities they serve. Five of the nation’s 20 largest cities own and operate their own electric utility — Austin is one of them. Only two other city-owned utilities, San Antonio’s CPS Energy and Los Angeles’ Department of Water and Power have larger populations than Austin.

Public Power Week runs from Oct. 7-13.

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Three dozen Austin Energy volunteers will help pack more than 50,000 LED bulbs and educational material that will be distributed to more than 13,000 low-income customers at various food pantries. This new partnership with the Central Texas Food Bank allows Austin Energy to reach our customers in a new way and help them outfit their homes with energy efficient lightbulbs.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

1:30-4:30 p.m.

Food Bank Distribution Center, 6500 Metropolis Dr., Austin, TX

All of the items that will be prepared during this time will be delivered to the pantries where they will be then distributed to customers as needed. 

Fun facts about public power:

  • All revenue generated by Austin Energy goes back into the community. The revenue is transferred to the City of Austin’s General Fund, which is allocated for city needs such as police, fire and parks.
  • We’re able to give back to the community we serve by offering incentives and rebates that help lower bills and increase energy savings.
  • Public power customers pay an average of $160 less per year than corporate utility customers
  • Public power customers get electricity back after an outage 74 minutes sooner than non-public power users.
  • The first public power utilities sprang up in the late 1800s to serve predominantly rural communities.
  • In Texas, there are 77 public power utilities as of 2016. Nebraska has the most with 150.
  • Learn more about how public power makes Austin better.
Last Updated: 10/9/18

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