Value of Public Power

Community Powered

Over a century ago, a consortium of Vermont municipalities individually decided to create electric departments in their communities to improve the quality of life for their residents. Over time, the Vermont Public Power Supply Authority (VPPSA) was created and public power movement expanded with VPPSA serving them all. Our membership now encompasses all or part of 50 communities and powers over 30,000 customers.

Community Owned

By establishing VPPSA in 1979, our member municipalities made a clear decision to combine efforts to keep their power locally owned and locally controlled. Within this collaboration, we are able to reduce costs, share resources, and combine forces to speak with one voice about the importance of putting the public in power.

Community Controlled

Our team at VPPSA strives to make Vermont communities stronger every day. Simply put, public power is community power; our member communities are our owners. Decisions about how the electric utility is run are made by the people who live and work in the member communities, not a corporate board. In turn, these utilities direct VPPSA in our operations to provide power to their customers. As non-profit entities, we are rooted in Vermont and invest revenues back into our communities.

What makes public power special:

  • Communities are our owner: enriching them is our only focus
  • We are governed by local elected officials and we reflect our communities’ value
  • We make decisions in the open: members can directly influence what we do
  • We are your neighbors: we work, live, and play in the communities we serve
  • We reinvest in the community: as non-profit entities without shareholders we keep customers’ dollars local
  • We strive to provide affordable, reliable, clean energy every day

VPPSA Members

Through VPPSA, members gain efficiencies and strengthen their voice while maintaining local control and community values. VPPSA’s membership is geographically diverse and reaches every corner of the state. They are:

Barton Village, Inc.

Village of Enosburg Falls Inc.

Town of Hardwick Electric Department

Village of Jacksonville

Village of Johnson, Inc.

Village of Ludlow Electric Light Department

Village of Lyndonville Electric Department

Village of Morrisville Water & Light Department

Town of Northfield Electric Department

Incorporated Village of Orleans

Swanton Village, Inc.

Our Partners

VPPSA is a proud member of regional and national associations dedicated to supporting publicly owned utilities that provide reliable, low-cost electricity to millions of Americans, while protecting the environment.