Member Benefits

American Municipal Power, Inc. (AMP) provides reliable generation and related services at very competitive prices. AMP member municipal electric systems can count on power supply planning, engineering, economic development, government relations and communications services.

AMP offers a variety of benefits to communities that offer municipal electric services. For more information about becoming a member community of the organization, please contact Harry Phillips, director of marketing/member relations, at 614.540.1111 or hphillips@amppartners.org.

There are many benefits and services through a membership with AMP, including:

Generation Asset Ownership Opportunities: The AMP staff is continually pursuing and developing generation asset ownership options to meet the power supply needs of its members.

Power Supply Purchase Opportunities: Evaluating power supply purchase options is a top priority for AMP. Participating in these power supply purchases is a benefit available exclusively to AMP members.

Renewable Generation Opportunities: AMP frequently pursues and develops various renewable generation options such as hydroelectric, wind generation and landfill gas facilities. Participation in these projects is only available to members of AMP.

MISO/PJM RTO Updates and Consultation: AMP staff attends stakeholder meetings associated with the PJM and MISO RTOs on behalf of the organization members.

SCADA and Metering Technical Support: AMP members can rely on the support they need from AMP SCADA staff. Examples of this support include:

  • Interconnection and generation metering information.
  • Technical support for matters regarding interconnection points among members with local investor owned utilities.
  • Real-time voltage and power usage upon request.
  • Usage data on a historical basis.

Long Term Power Supply Planning: SAIC Long-Term Power Supply Model is used to develop/update members’ long-term power supply plans.

DEED: The DEED program investigates technologies through its grants and scholarships that will provide direct and tangible benefits to publicly owned electric utilities.

On behalf of financings: AMP provides a convenient, cost-effective way for member communities to finance electric utility projects. This program allows AMP to issue tax-exempt debt on behalf of member communities.

Financial Soundness Review: AMP can provide an annual review of the electric fund portion of the community’s enterprise fund. Such a review both alerts the community to any potential areas of concern and helps member communities participating in AMP sponsored financings or projects maintain their electric fund’s bond-debt covenant obligations.

Legal Benefits: AMP’s general counsel can help member communities obtain legal information related to the unique needs of municipal electric systems. Additionally, AMP may help member systems in funding and pursuing litigation if the issue has the potential to impact other member public power systems.

Legislative Services: The Ohio Municipal Electric Association provides legislative liaison services for AMP and Ohio public power communities, with the goal of protecting the independence and constitutional rights of Ohio municipal electric systems. OMEA services include lobbying, member activities, coalition building, and legislative analysis.

General Safety Program: An AMP safety professional can visit each member municipal electric system four times in the year to present such topics as behavior-based safety, work zone safety, temperature extremes and pole top and bucket rescue.

Scholarship Program: This program was developed to encourage high school students in AMP member communities to further their educations, and to create an awareness of careers in the municipal electric utility field.

Engineering Services: Through its technical services department, AMP is able to assist member communities with their electric system design, mapping, construction and project management needs. Staff is available to provide technical assistance with large and small projects.

OSHA Training: AMP’s OSHA Compliance Program is provided on a contractual basis. It is designed to help members become fully compliant with all state laws governing the workplace safety of public employees.

Environmental Services: AMP provides assistance to member communities in managing their environmental concerns. Permitting, monitoring and compliance audits form the core services for this program.

Forestry Program: The Forestry Program can help AMP member communities reduce electrical outages and increase reliability by removing tree limbs or entire trees that have the potential of contacting energized lines.

Mutual Aid: AMP’s Mutual Aid Program is a network of municipal electric systems that quickly and effectively provide needed assistance to member municipal systems when utility emergencies occur that are too widespread to be handled by one system alone.

Technical Training: Technical training is a key ingredient in the ability of member utility personnel to achieve and maintain a high degree of reliability in customer service. Technical training focuses on giving utility personnel the knowledge and tools to maintain and improve reliability.

Lineworker Training: Often referred to as “climbing school,” these one-week courses are held at AMP headquarters in Columbus each spring and fall.

Business Development/Key Accounts: A community needs to give equal attention to both business retention and business attraction. For that reason, AMP formed a Business Development Service. AMP also formed a key account business retention & expansion program designed to enhance the level of communications and services delivered to very important commercial and industrial customers.