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New Communities Join Wisconsin Public Power Inc.

The community-owned electric utilities serving Juneau and New Glarus have joined New Richmond as member-owners of Wisconsin Public Power Inc., the state’s fifth-largest electric utility.

The WPPI Board of Directors recently unanimously approved applications for membership from New Glarus Light & Water and Juneau Utilities.

“New member growth provides economies of scale that benefit all of our member utilities and the communities they serve,” said WPPI President and CEO Roy Thilly. “It also continues to show that the joint action principle is a strategy for success.”

Juneau and New Glarus bring to nine the number of new members to join the Sun Prairie-based wholesale power company since 2001. The others include Brodhead, Oconto Falls, Plymouth, Prairie du Sac, Reedsburg, Richland Center and Stoughton.

Juneau began taking power from WPPI on Jan. 1, while service to New Glarus will commence on March 1. Both utilities signed long-term power supply contracts under the same terms as the other WPPI members that extend through 2037.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, WPPI will now supply electricity and support services to 39 municipal utilities serving more than 147,000 customers throughout Wisconsin.