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Celebrating 25 Years of Joint Action

In 1980, a group of Wisconsin communities faced with a growing number of wholesale rate increases by investor-owned electric utilities joined together to form a power company. Today, 40 member communities, including ours, are linked through shared ownership of Wisconsin Public Power Inc.

WPPI is observing its silver anniversary in 2005, celebrating the distinctive identities of its member-owners and their common bond. What began as a quest for power supply independence and new ways to control costs for customers has grown into a non-profit joint action agency that is now the state’s fifth-largest electric utility.

The smart choices WPPI members have made over the past 25 years continue to provide the staying power needed to compete in today’s constantly changing marketplace. WPPI members carry the collective strength of more than 154,000 electric customers spread throughout Wisconsin, far more influence than any one member would have alone. .

Members, through WPPI, achieve economies of scale and have access to the additional expertise necessary to continue to succeed, while maintaining the local control and the closeness to community that is the essence of a municipal utility..

In a quarter century, WPPI has grown to be a recognized leader in the national public power community, a respected member of the diverse Wisconsin electric utility community, an owner of the first stand-alone transmission company in the country, an owner of coal- and gas-fired electric generation and a leader in the development and use of renewable resources in Wisconsin.