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Local Utility Ownership
Stoughton Utilities is dedicated to meeting our customers’ needs while helping to make the community a better place to live and work. Stoughton Utilities is one of this country's 2,200 public power systems, all offering important benefits not enjoyed by customers of private, investor-owned utilities:

Public Power -- a tradition that works
  • Simply put, "public power" means that a utility is controlled by the community it serves. Because we're public power, the citizens of Stoughton play an active role in deciding how Stoughton Utilities operates. A seven-person Utilities Committee, a committee of the City of Stoughton Common Council, decides how to operate Stoughton Utilities. This local representation and control allows all citizens to have a voice in how our utility can best meet the community’s needs. All our meetings are open to the public, and we actively welcome any comments or input.

    Community ownership and control is the hallmark of public power — local people working together to meet local needs. We go the extra mile to make sure you receive that personal service that makes us proud to be serving a great community. Each citizen is not only a consumer, but an owner as well. Stop into our office to meet your local employees and receive friendly, face-to-face customer service.

  • Public power systems like Stoughton Utilities are non-profit and have one main purpose — to provide customers with the best services at the lowest possible cost. This means you pay only for the services you receive, not for the stockholder dividends and executive bonuses paid by customers of investor-owned utilities. This keeps costs as low as possible.

  • Stoughton Utilities takes on important civic responsibilities as well. Select any of the pages on the Our Community tab to see how we give back to the City of Stoughton every day.

  • We’re proud to be your locally owned and operated utility.

    As neighbors, we take our responsibility to you very seriously. We know you want reliable power at an affordable cost. You also want a utility provider who cares enough to go the extra mile today…and who has the know-how to build for tomorrow.

    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 Energy, we purchase low-cost electricity for our community and take advantage of the latest technologies to better serve your needs.

Hamilton and Staff, a respected, national public opinion research firm, recently conducted an independent nationwide poll to learn what people think of public ownership of utilities. Here's what they found:
"A majority of U.S. consumers believe that public power is more concerned about the environment, offers lower rates, allows more control over utility operations and has better service than private power companies. The public believes local ownership of electric utilities plays a strong role in the electric industry."
We agree. For more information on public power and local ownership, visit these links:


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