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Braintree Electric is one of this country's 2,200 public power systems,
all offering important benefits not enjoyed by customers of private,
- Simply put, "public power" means that a utility is controlled by
the community it serves. Because we're public power, the citizens of Braintree play an active
role in deciding how BELD operates. A publicly elected Board of Commissioners oversees and directs
all utility activities. Each citizen is not only a consumer, but an owner as well.
- Equally as important, BELD is not-for-profit. 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.
- BELD takes on important civic responsibilities as well.
Follow the Community link to see the types of things BELD gives back to
the Town of Braintree.
Hamilton and Staff, a respected national public opinion research firm, 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."
For more information on public power visit these links: