Some energy companies are not competitive. Despite some negative conotations, many utilities are designed to compete quite well. They cannot only secure jobs, but also create new ones. Furthermore, significant sums are often invested locally or nearby. These direct effects can usually be quantified quite easily. In addition, however, there are other indirect effects (eg, taxes, increase in GDP and labor market effects). Finally, utilities are often sponsors of sports, social events and culture. The total effect and benefit to the public is largely underestimated and disregarded by the public and by politicians. On the basis of economic models, we can quantify the regional effects of the utilities and can provide concrete figures for employment and income effects. For example, CONOSCOPE partner inomic undertook several studies of enviaM Verbundnetz Gas AG and Mainova AG as well as for the city of Potsdam and Pfalzwerke AG.