Public power utilities' top priority is enhancing community value. By existing in the community in which they serve, municipal utilities create jobs and support the local economy. In 2018, MEUW members' payments in lieu of taxes to their municipality totaled more than $23.2 million. These payments are then injected back into the city or village.
And, because all decisions are made locally, a municipal utility is uniquely able to respond to the community's needs, build on the community's strengths, and reflect the community's values. They work to develop economic incentives and electric service infrastructure to attract and retain employers, delivering high-value products and services and support improvements to enhance the quality of life. Public power utilities are uniquely positioned to meet the changing needs of the community.