FRANKFORT – The Frankfort Plant Board is celebrating Public Power Week, Oct. 1-7, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans.
Public Power Week is an annual national celebration to recognize the contributions of hometown electric utilities like FPB and to educate customer-owners, policymakers, and employees on the benefits of public power. It also honors the democratic tradition of community decision-making and participation that led to the founding of FPB in 1943. Today, the FPB Electric Department has 33 electric employees, 455 miles of distribution lines, 33 miles of transmission and 11 substations.
“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity that FPB provides to our community,” said FPB General Manager Herbbie Bannister. “Public power puts the people of Frankfort first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens.”
FPB can keep rates reasonable because it does not pay dividends to stockholders around the country. FPB returns go back into the community. When it comes to service, FPB has a record of keeping the power on and restoring it as soon as possible when incidents occur.
“Our electric service is reliable and safe,” Bannister said. “FPB takes pride in serving our friends and neighbors for nearly 75 years.”
Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C. The APPA is the voice of not-for-profit community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. For more information, visit www.PublicPower.org.