The Financial Side Of The Electric Power Industry.
From a financial perspective, the shareholder-owned sector of the electric power industry is vastly different from other sectors. It relies more heavily on the private sector for investment capital needed to finance its operations than other sectors, such as electric cooperatives and government-owned utilities. Traditionally, millions of Americans have relied on the modest, steady growth of utility stocks to supplement their retirement income. Shareholder-owned electric companies also contribute substantially to the nation’s tax base through federal, state, and other local taxes, such as property taxes.

Material in this section from Key Facts About The Electric Power Industry, courtesy of Edison Electric Institute, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004-2696,