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New Glarus Utilities Celebrates 115th Anniversary


October 12, 2017

Photo courtesy of Beth Carlson

New Glarus Utilities' first electric generator, June 30, 1902.  It's likely this generator powered every early home and business in the Village of New Glarus. 

New Glarus Utilities, New Glarus' locally owned, not-for-profit electric, water and wastewater utility, celebrates its 115th anniversary this year.

New Glarus Utilities is a proud member-owner of WPPI Energy, a not-for-profit wholesale energy provider and joint action agency. The utility's milestone anniversary was recognized at an awards luncheon during WPPI Energy's annual conference in September. New Glarus Utilities representative Scott Jelle accepted a token of esteem on behalf of the utility.

"I'd like to extend my congratulations and appreciation to New Glarus Utilities for 115 years of service to the New Glarus community," said Mike Peters, President and CEO of WPPI Energy.

The utility was founded in 1902 by the citizens of New Glarus. It has remained a public power utility since that time, and utility employees continue to be guided by the principles of local ownership and control, keeping revenue in the community, providing first-rate customer service, and making a positive impact in the community through volunteer and outreach efforts.

Photo courtesy of Beth Carlson

WPPI Energy President and CEO Mike Peters (left) presented New Glarus Utilities representative Scott Jelle with a token of esteem in celebration of the utility's 115th anniversary.

"Working for a local utility that's owned by the community we serve gives us a much bigger reason to care about the work we do. We also live and work in this community; it's our home. We want to be a part of making it a great place," said Scott Jelle, Director of Public Works.

While New Glarus Utilities employees are proud of the utility's history, they also want to ensure that it will continue to serve the community for generations to come. As part of their effort to stay current, prepare for the future and ensure reliability, the utility will complete its advanced metering infrastructure project, continue to upgrade existing underground electric distribution and customer services, and start construction of a new substation in 2018. It will also continue to offer energy efficiency programs as well as contribute to local causes and promote the benefits of public power.

"Anniversaries are a great time to reflect both on what has brought us to this point and where we want to go in the future," said Jelle.


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