"Public power utilities are operated by local governments to provide communities with reliable, responsive, not-for-profit electric service. Public power utilities are directly accountable to the people they serve through local elected or appointed officials. Because local public power utilities are owned and operated by the communities they serve, there are no stockholders to please or profits to make. Rates are set locally - usually by citizen-controlled boards in open meetings where community members can influence local energy policies. Local needs are considered when decisions are made about rates and services, power generation and green alternatives. And that way, public power revenues can be reinvested in community programs and projects that do the common good.

Public power utilities are not-for-profit. They're local. And that makes all the difference."

American Public Power Association

Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant was established as a publicly-owned electric utility in 1897 when the City of Taunton purchased the privately-owned Taunton Electric Lighting Company for a sum of $125,000. For more than 118 years, TMLP has been making decisions that put its customers first.