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Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI) Experiences More Growth

The community-owned electric utilities serving Juneau and New Glarus have joined New Holstein as member-owners of Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI), the state's fifth-largest electric utility.

The WPPI Board of Directors recently unanimously approved applications for membership from New Glarus Light & Water and Juneau Utilities. Juneau began taking power from WPPI on January 1, 2005, while service to New Glarus will commence on March 1, 2005. Both utilities have signed long-term power supply contracts that extend through 2037.

Juneau and New Glarus bring to nine the number of new members to join the Sun Prairie-based wholesale power company since 2001. The other communities include Brodhead, Oconto Falls, Plymouth, Prairie du Sac, Reedsburg, Richland Center and Stoughton. "New member growth provides economies of scale that benefit all of our member utilities and the communities they serve," said WPPI President and CEO Roy Thilly. "It also continues to show that the joint action principle is a strategy for success."

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, WPPI will now supply electricity and support services to 39 municipal utilities serving more than 147,000 customers throughout Wisconsin.