Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Power for the People

Let’s talk about the benefits of having Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) as your electric provider. You may not have heard, but JCPB is one of more than 2,000 public power utilities across the country. And “public power” makes a difference.
That difference began here in Johnson City, TN in 1945 when JCPB was created as an enterprise fund of the City of Johnson City and began providing low-cost, reliable and community-owned electricity to all of Washington County and sections of Sullivan, Carter, and Greene County.
Since JCPB follows public power’s not-for-profit formula and operates within the Tennessee Valley Authority's system, our community’s electricity rates are among the lowest in the nation and have remained very stable for the last 68 years.
Public power utilities are also community-owned, which means our community is included in  decision-making processes. Perhaps the greatest benefit of public power is this local control. JCPB not only works for its customer/owners, it is run by an independent Board appointed by the community's elected officials. The quality of JCPB's hometown service is a reflection of the pride we have in our community.
Why we have pride in public power: 
·      We are proudly driven by public service, not profit. 
·      We exist to serve you – our fellow citizens, friends and neighbors.  Our loyalty is to our customers – not stockholders.
·      We help to make northeast Tennessee a good place to live and work.
·      We take pride in our governance structure, with an appointed policy board that has open meetings the forth Tuesday of each month at 4:15 p.m., at JCPB's headquarters (2600 Boones Creek Rd. 37615)
·      We are accountable to you, not to a management and board of directors in another city or country.
You can take for granted that JCPB will continue to provide low-cost, reliable electricity—and deliver it to you instantaneously, day or night.   We hope we can also take for granted your support of public power as an American tradition that works in the public interest here at home. 

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