If the sun has set, and you are reading this in the light, give thanks.
October is the designated month to celebrate public power, which is really celebrating the power of community.
It’s a chance to appreciate what we take for granted until that big storm hits: electricity in our homes. Let’s not take it for granted.
Across the globe, a billion people still lack household electric power. More on that—and efforts by electric cooperatives to brighten the picture—in a future message.
For now, consider this: It wasn’t so long ago—less than 100 years—that electricity first began to light up homes in rural America.
October celebrates who delivers that power. This is National Cooperative Month, and the first full week of October is Public Power Week. The aim is to reflect on the benefits of being served by electric cooperatives and public power utilities. Each serves the greater good and is accountable to you, not investors.
The next time you power up that mobile device after a recharge, it may be worth a moment of thanks.
Learn more about locally owned power at www.publicpower.org and www.electric.coop.
Leon Espinoza, Editor