TCL&P Celebrating Public Power Week
[Last Updated: 10/5/2012 11:43:16 AM]

News Release


For Immediate Release                                                                        

October 5, 2012


Contact:  Ed Rice, Executive Director, Traverse City Light & Power

                Phone: (231) 932-4559 or E-mail:


TCL&P Celebrating Public Power Week


(Traverse City, Michigan) — Traverse City Light & Power (TCL&P), along with the “public power” electric utilities across the country, will take part in the 26th annual Public Power Week on October 7th through the 13th to celebrate public power's hometown advantages.

            In celebration of Public Power Week and 100 years of service, TCL&P customers can pick up a free 3-pack of 14-watt compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and an energy saving nightlight throughout the month of October by redeeming the coupon found in their October bill insert at the customer service desk located inside of the Governmental Center.

            TCL&P is one of about 2,000 "public power" utilities across the country that collectively provides electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 46 million Americans. Benefits of having a “public power” electric utility serving Traverse City include: having a utility that is driven by public service, not profit; having a utility exist to serve fellow citizens, friends and neighbors and not stockholders; and having a utility that is governed by a policy board, appointed by the City Commission, that has open meetings (second and fourth Tuesday of every month, at 5:15 p.m., at the Governmental Center).

            “Light and Power prides itself on providing reliable and environmentally friendly electricity, with the lowest residential electric rates in northwestern Michigan,” said Ed Rice, TCL&P executive director. “Light and Power is proud to be a hometown public power electric utility, serving the Traverse City community for 100 years.”

            Another benefit of having a "public power" utility in the community is that TCL&P, per City Charter, contributes 5% of gross revenues to the City's general fund. For fiscal year 2011-12, TCL&P contributed over $1.6 million, which helps decrease the tax burden on citizens by providing additional funding for the operating budgets for all city departments, such as police, fire, streets and parks and recreation. Since 1991, TCL&P has contributed $22,693,644 in funding to the City.

            To learn more about the benefits of having a “public power” utility in the Traverse City community, see TCL&P’s website at

            Traverse City Light & Power ( is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to over 11,500 customers in Traverse City, and parts of Blair, East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield, Peninsula and Paradise townships.

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