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On Wednesday, November 20 a representative from New Holstein's power supplier, Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI), presented city and utility officials with a commemorative certificate of ownership in the statewide power company.

WPPI Manager of External Relations Nikki Anderson gave Mayor Ron Karrels and New Holstein Utilities Commission President Chuck Fett a framed certificate recognizing New Holstein's ownership in WPPI, a nonprofit wholesale power supplier to 37 Wisconsin municipalities that operate electric utilities.

Looking to gain economies of scale in the purchase of low-cost, reliable power, New Holstein Utilities was a founding member of WPPI in 1980. As a member of the Sun Prairie-based joint action agency, the community-owned utility couples the strengths of being local and focused on New Holstein with the power of owning a statewide electric company that offers a variety of customer programs and support services.

In September of this year, the New Holstein City Council voted unanimously to extend its long-term power supply contract with WPPI through 2037. With $163 million in operating revenues, WPPI has added seven new member communities since April, 2001.

New Holstein and the other 36 member-owners of WPPI provide electricity to 140,000 homes and businesses, making WPPI the fifth-largest electric utility in Wisconsin.