MID Celebrates Public Power Week and 20 Years as a Public Utility

MID Celebrates Public Power Week – and 20 years as a public utility

For the entire month of October, MID invites you to visit the lobby of our main office to learn more about the benefits of public power, receive energy-and-money savings tips – and have some local refreshments with us.

MID is located at 744 W. 20th St. in Merced. Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Online, information about MID’s public power and energy savings can be found at MIDLightsTheWay.com

MID joins more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to more than 48 million Americans. 

Since forming its electric utility 20 years ago, MID has built a system that serves electricity to more than 8,500 local residents and businesses.

Public power means that there are no profits – it also means local decision making. Unlike investor-owned utilities, there are no investors, no stock shares and no dividends. Power is provided “at the cost of service” with no-markups. The revenue generated by MID is returned to the benefit of all electric customers through investments in the electric system and providing the lowest possible rates.


  • MID provides safe, not-for profit electricity at a reasonable price.
  • MID provides power to over 10,600 customers.
  • Unlike private power companies, public power utilities like MID are public service institutions and do not serve   stockholders.
  • We measure success by how much money stays within our community.
  • Public Power has a strong environmental-protection track record, solid credentials with bond ratings agencies, and a reputation for reliable, customer-focused service.

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