Robert Hunzinger: Celebrate public power in Gainesville


Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:49 a.m.

In more than 30 Florida communities such as Gainesville, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tallahassee, “public power” utilities are taking a leadership role in seeking long-term solutions to our country’s energy problems, delivering on a promise to provide reliable electric power that is both competitively priced and environmentally responsible. Every year, we take part in a week-long national celebration of public power’s hometown advantages. This year, we’re celebrating Public Power Week from October 7 – 13.

Since 1912, GRU has been operating as a citizen-owned electric utility committed to serving the community. Today, the public power formula continues to provide numerous advantages for customers:

• We are accountable to customers, not to stockholders in a distant city or state.

• GRU employees live and work here in our community volunteering at local schools and participating with United Way of North Central Florida.

• We have local customer service and local crews who can respond faster to customer needs.

• We return profits to our community, helping the City of Gainesville provide essential services such as public safety and parks.

When it comes to energy solutions for Gainesville, our challenges are complex but our focus remains on providing reliable, long-term solutions that will carry us into the next century and beyond. GRU offers customers one of the most robust energy efficiency programs in Florida and our solar growth has been cited among the top ten in the nation.

Ultimately, our customers are the reason why GRU is using more clean, local, renewable energy to keep jobs and dollars here in our community. We exist to serve you, our fellow citizens, friends and neighbors, and we’re proud to be a local, community-owned utility.

Robert Hunzinger

General Manager

Gainesville Regional Utilities

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