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Bernard Ellenbecker receives award for contributions to the utility and community.

MADISON, WIS., September 12 – Bernard Ellenbecker, Vice President of the Utility Commission for Sturgeon Bay Utilities, was recognized by Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI) for his exceptional service to the utility and the community. WPPI presented Ellenbecker with the Community Service Award, given in memory of Richard “Dixie” Kirchoff, at its annual meeting on September 11 in Middleton.

With 20 years of dedicated service as the Vice President of the Sturgeon Bay Utility Commission, Ellenbecker has been a leader in the success of the utility. He is also the Chairman of the Operations and Personnel Committee, as well as the Commission Representative for union contract negotiations. Over the years he has dedicated his efforts to the oversight of operations and personal matters within the community. As a timeless advocate for public power, Ellenbecker has analyzed, approved and monitored significant construction and procurement efforts to expand and maintain a distribution system within the utility.

Ellenbecker takes tremendous pride in being a Commissioner, as his efforts and years of dedicated service continue to advance the success of Sturgeon Bay Utilities. His interaction with customers adds value to the community and further enhances the goals of the utility.

Besides Ellenbecker’s commitment to the utility and its operations, he is also extremely active in his community. He is active in the Door Drifters Snowmobile Club, Door County Trail System and a member of the cemetery board of directors. In addition, he is active in the Corpus Christi Parish.

“Bernard’s dedication and hard work truly exemplifies his genuine interest in his community,” said Roy Thilly, WPPI president and chief executive officer. “We are honored to recognize Bernard for his longstanding efforts and commitment to the success of Sturgeon Bay Utilities and WPPI.”

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WPPI is a regional power company serving 49 customer-owned electric utilities. Through WPPI, these public power utilities share resources and own generation facilities to provide reliable, affordable electricity to more than 190,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and Iowa.

Bernard Ellenbecker, Vice President of the Utility Commission for Sturgeon Bay Utilities, pictured with WPPI President and CEO Roy Thilly, received the WPPI Community Service Award in recognition of his exceptional service to the utility and the community.

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