Electric Utilities

Public Utilities

Rocky Mountain Power

Rocky Mountain Power is the only rate regulated public utility providing electric service in the state of Utah. Rocky Mountain Power has over 800,000 customers in Utah and serves about three fourths of the geographic area of the state and a larger percentage of the state's population. Since Rocky Mountain Power is an integrated electric utility providing distribution, transmission and generation, the rates charged to its customers are set in general rates cases. Once base rates are established, the portion of rates referred to as net power costs are annually trued-up to actual levels in pass-through cases.

The following links will aid in your understanding of Rocky Mountain Power services:

Electric Cooperatives

Electric Cooperatives are categorized as public utilities under state law but are not rate regulated by the Public Service Commission in the traditional manner. Rates are set by the cooperative board after complying with notice and hearing requirements set by the Commission. Rates are then filed with the Commission for acknowledgement. Cooperatives are also required to file with the Commission when they issue securities. Cooperatives must comply with Commission rules for terms and conditions of service, safety, facility siting and territory issues. In addition, certain types of customer complaints can be taken to the Commission if disputes are unable to be resolved within the cooperative.

Rural electric cooperatives were first established by the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 designed to ensure that electric power is available throughout the rural parts of the United States. Cooperatives are member-owned, thus the customers are also the investors. Distribution cooperatives provide retail service to the customers and typically the distribution cooperatives are members of generation and transmission cooperatives who manage resource procurement and planning to serve the member cooperative needs.

This link will aid in your understanding of electric cooperatives in Utah .

Electric Service/Improvement Districts

  • Electric Service/Improvement Districts are public utilities, but not rate regulated by the Public Service Commission. The rates are set by the board and filed with the Commission for acknowledgement. Electric Improvement Districts must also file with the Commission when they issue securities and must comply with Commission rules for terms and conditions of service.

    South Utah Valley Electric Service District (SESD) serves customers in part of southern Utah County. For more information visit SESD's website .

    Ticaboo Electric Improvement District (TEID) was created in 2009 and provides electricity to customers in parts of Garfield County. For more information visit TEID's website .

Municipal Utilities, Power Agencies, and Inter-Local Utilities

Municipal Utilities

Municipal Utilities are considered part of the local government entity and are not regulated by the Public Service Commission. Typically, rates are set by the municipal utility and approved by the city council. Municipal utilities plan and obtain their resources through a combination of: municipal-owned resources, contracts with neighboring larger utilities, participation in municipal power agencies.

Communities with municipal electric utilities include: Beaver, Blanding, Bountiful, Brigham City, Enterprise, Ephraim, Fallon, Fairview, Fillmore, Gallup, Helper, Holden Town, Hurricane, Hyrum, Kanosh, Kaysville, Lehi, Levan, Logan, Manti, Meadow Town, Monroe, Morgan, Mt. Pleasant, Murray, Nephi, Oak City, Paragonah, Parowan, Payson, Price, Provo, Salem, Santa Clara, Spanish Fork, Spring City, Springville, St. George, Washington City.

Contact the individual city for additional information about these utilities.

Utah Municipal Power Agency (UMPA)

Utah Municipal Power Agency (UMPA) is a Joint Action Agency with a mission to develop a reliable and economic power supply to meet the electric power and energy needs of its member municipalities. For more information visit UMPA's website .

Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS)

Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) is a governmental agency that provides comprehensive wholesale electric energy, on a nonprofit basis, to municipalities and other community-owned power systems through the Intermountain West. For more information visit UAMP's website .

Heber Light & Power

Heber Light & Power is an inter-local utility established under Utah law. It serves Heber City and some of the surrounding municipalities and Wasatch County. Residents outside of Heber City who are served by the utility have an ombudsman that they can contact to help resolve any concerns with utility service. For more information visit HL&P's website .