In the early 1980s, the city of Weaverville was paying nearly the highest electricity rates in California. The county’s largest employer closed due to high rates. The people of Weaverville organized and raised money to create a publicly owned utility, Trinity Public Utilities District. TPUD’s partnership with WAPA cut rates by one-third, keeping more than $10 million a year in the community. Given the new rates, the mill reopened with a new operator, saving the city and giving stability to its economy. TPUD now has an affordable allocation of power from WAPA that will last another 50 to 80 years.