MMPA, Shakopee’s Electric Power Supplier, Adds Wind Energy
Additional 78 MW of wind generation demonstrates MMPA’s commitment to renewables
The Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (MMPA) has expanded its portfolio of renewable resources to include power from the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm. Power output from the 78-megawatt (MW) wind farm, located in Stearns County MN, further demonstrates the Agency’s commitment to renewable energy.
In addition to the power generation provided by the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm, the Agency’s renewable energy portfolio includes 44 MW of wind energy from the Oak Glen Wind Farm, 8 MW of bioenergy from Hometown BioEnergy, and renewable energy purchases from other utilities.
“We are proud to add this new renewable source to our power supply portfolio,” said MMPA Chairman, John Crooks. “Renewable energy is a key component of our power supply and is important to our members’ customers.”
MMPA takes a long-term approach to power supply planning that includes assembling a diversified portfolio of owned and purchased generation containing both conventional and renewable resources. This approach allows the Agency to maintain flexibility in the rapidly-changing electric utility industry and positions the Agency well for the future.
Oncu Er, Vice President of Planning for Avant Energy, MMPA’s management partner said, “MMPA’s renewable energy investments support the Agency’s ability to deliver competitively-priced power to its members. In addition, a portion of these renewable resources help us meet the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard, which requires 25 percent of the Agency’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2025.”
MMPA signed a long-term contract with Sempra U.S. Gas & Power for the output of the Black Oak Getty Wind Farm. The wind farm, comprised of 39 wind turbines, entered commercial operation in December 2016.
MMPA provides wholesale electricity to its member communities who in turn deliver and sell that electricity to the residential and business customers in their communities. The Agency is comprised of municipal utilities in Anoka, Arlington, Brownton, Buffalo, Chaska, East Grand Forks, Elk River, Le Sueur, North St. Paul, Olivia, Shakopee and Winthrop.
More information about MMPA is available at www.mmpa.org. Members include municipal utilities in Anoka, Arlington, Brownton, Buffalo, Chaska, East Grand Forks, Elk River, Le Sueur, North St. Paul, Olivia, Shakopee and Winthrop.
Effective with the January 2017 billing statement, due February 15th, SPU customers will see an increase in their Water Usage Charge. Increases range from $0.15/1,000 gallons used to $0.25/1,000 gallons used, depending on service type.
Example: A family of four utilizing an average of 2,000 gallons/person/month will see an incremental impact of $1.80 per month.
In keeping with increased expenses projected with the maintenance and expansion of our infrastructure in 2017, the Water Reconstruction Fund Charge will increase by $0.07/1,000 gallons.
In addition to water charge changes, SPU reduced the Relocation Underground Charge for Electric from $0.001 to $0.00025 per kWh. This is lower than the 2014 rate.
Complete rate information can be found in the 2017 Electric and Water Rate brochures on this website. Hardcopies are available at SPU, 255 Sarazin Street, Shakopee, MN 55379.
There are three things that lead to the majority of frozen pipe problems:
Sudden drops in temperature, bad or no insulation where needed, and thermostats set too low.
IN THE FALL
- Insulate your water pipes in unheated areas of your house. Crawl spaces and attics are likely areas where pipes could freeze.
- Heat tape can be used to protect pipes. Read the packaging and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
- Seal leaky areas that allow cold air to come into unheated areas near your water pipes.
- Disconnect garden hoses and turn off the valves for the outside connections where possible. Drain the pipes to outdoor faucets if your plumbing allows.
- During extreme cold it could be beneficial to allow a small drip of warm and cold water to come from a faucet near an outside wall.
- If you have a dishwasher consider setting it up to wash or rinse on a delay so that it uses water during the wee hours of the morning.
- Be careful about turning down your thermostat too low at night. Place a thermometer near your water pipes in questionable areas and see how cold it gets during set-back periods on your thermostat.
- Open cabinet or closet doors that conceal water pipes. Especially on outside walls. This will allow room heat to get to the pipes.
DURING WINTER VACATIONS
- Do not set the thermostat lower than 55°.
- Ask a friend or neighbor to check your house each day to make sure that your furnace is working.
- Consider shutting off the water and draining the pipes for extended vacations. Contact a plumber for the details if you are not sure of the procedure.