A six-person Utility Commission decides how to operate Juneau Utilities. The Commission is made up of three citizen members appointed by the Mayor, two City Council members, and the Mayor. This local representation and control gives citizens a voice in how our utility can best meet the community’s needs.
To ensure that we're here for a long, long time, we share resources with other local utilities. In fact, we're co-owners of a nonprofit, Sun Prairie-based power company, WPPI Energy. Through WPPI, we purchase low-cost electricity for our community and take advantage of the latest technologies to better serve your needs.
There are 82 municipal electric utilities in Wisconsin. Like Juneau Utilities, these communities believe that public power is the best choice for their communities and citizens. Here are a few of the reasons why:
- Community Ownership - A community-owned utility is owned by the city or municipality it serves. It exists to provide a public service to the residents and businesses of the community. Service -- rather than profit -- is the utility's mission.
- Quick On-Site Response - We work hard to make sure you don't experience a power outage. Some things like storms and accidents are out of our control. If an outage occurs, we're always just a few minutes away. We'll get to the problem and fix it as quickly as we possibly can.
- Efficient Operation - Since one of our goals is to be the low-cost provider of electric service, our current and future advantage lies in our efficient operation. Our expenses are substantially lower than those of a private power company.
- Community Values - Decisions about the operation of a municipal utility are made locally by members of the community at open, public meetings. 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 and advance the community's values.