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Sturgeon Bay Utilities Power Supplier Celebrates 25 Years of Joint Action

Sturgeon Bay Utilities power supplier, Wisconsin Public Power Inc., recently celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Monona Terrace in Madison with officials from all of the joint action agency’s 40 member communities in attendance.

General Manager Jim Stawicki and Utility Commissioners Bernie Ellenbecker, Stewart Fett and David McAllister represented Sturgeon Bay at WPPI’s annual meeting and silver anniversary celebration on Sept. 15.

WPPI, now the state’s fifth-largest electric utility, was formed in 1980 by a group of Wisconsin communities operating municipal utilities and in search of new ways to control costs for their customers.

“While WPPI’s face has changed significantly over the past 25 years of growth, our mission remains the same: to provide our member-owners with reliable and affordable power,” said WPPI President and CEO Roy Thilly. “The 40 municipalities that own WPPI continue to have the negotiating strength to purchase low-cost electricity, while benefiting from the latest technologies and industry expertise WPPI has to offer.”

Gov. Jim Doyle highlighted the list of speakers who provided their insights on state and national energy concerns during the annual meeting portion of the program. Other notables included Alan Richardson, president and CEO of the American Public Power Association, and Dr. John Anderson, president of the Electricity Consumers Resource Council, both of Washington, D.C.

“As we move forward into the next 25 years, we rededicate WPPI to standing behind our members, providing all their electric power requirements over the long term at low and stable rates and enabling them to continue to provide excellent electric service to their communities,” Thilly said.

Based in Sun Prairie, WPPI and its members provide electricity to more than 154,000 customers across Wisconsin.

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