Public Power To The People?

Public Power To The People?

More than 2,000 communities around the country are served by publicly-owned electric utilities. What would it take to have "public power" in the Washington region?

Consumer dissatisfaction with power companies is running high in the Washington region this summer after storms knocked out electricity for hundreds of thousands in late June. One local activist says the only way to to make our grids more reliable is to replace private companies like Pepco with publicly-owned utilities. We get a crash course in public power and whether it would be feasible in our region.


Eric Hensal

Activist; Founder and Creator, "Public Power for Montgomery County" (; President Murray Hill

Ursula Schryver

Vice President, Education and Customer Programs, American Public Power Association

Paul Breakman

Partner, Duncan & Allen

John Murawski

Staff Writer, The News & Observer (N.C.)

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