PUC celebrates Public Power Week

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt New Ulm Public Utilities celebrated Public Power Week with a party at the Electric Distribution Building, Thursday.

NEW ULM — New Ulm Public Utilities celebrated Public Power Week with a party at the Electric Distribution Building, Thursday.

The event was hosted by Public Utilities staff and included information about the services they provided. This year, to celebrate, free hot dogs were served while the band No Tent played a live concert.

New Ulm Public Utilities chose to spotlight mutual aid services. This is a vital component to public utilities. In Minnesota, a network of municipal utilities that belong to the Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) have an agreement to help when a member is in need. The NUPUC has been called to help St. Peter and Granite Falls after tornadoes hit the towns. Other communities were assisted after massive floods. New Ulm has received assistance after straight line winds damaged its systems.

Last year the New Ulm and several other municipals public utilities helped in Florida following a natural disaster.

Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C. APPA is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The association represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people served by public power utilities and the 93,000 people they employ.

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