October 4-10 is Public Natural Gas Week, a time when communities give recognition to one of their most valuable community assets, their publicly owned gas utility. Metropolitan Utilities District is the fifth largest public gas utility in the United States! There are about 1,300 natural gas utilities in the U.S. Of these, approximately 1,000 are public natural gas utilities. Most are small, comprised of a few hundred to a few thousand customers, but despite their size they have a huge impact on the communities they serve by providing an irreplaceable function of offering clean, affordable and efficient natural gas.
Communities who choose to have a local public natural gas utility do so as a matter of practicality and economy. Our citizens recognize the need to access reliable energy; and having a local public gas utility is the best way to do that. There are many other benefits to having a public gas utility, for example:
- Public gas systems/utilities are not-for-profit. They are locally-controlled operations and ensure that rates remain competitive and affordable. This is especially reassuring as energy and fuel prices continue to rise and affect your family’s bottom line.
- Decisions regarding your energy needs are made locally through citizen participation instead of being made outside of the community.
- Public gas utilities are directly accountable to the citizens they serve.
- Lastly, public gas can play a valuable role in helping broaden our tax base and helps local dollars stay at home. We also work with local financial institutions and make purchases from local businesses. This in turn improves the local economy and creates jobs.
If you have any questions regarding your public natural gas utility or would like information on how you can save on your utility bill using natural gas appliances, visit our website under the LiveGreen,Think Blue tab.