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Local Officials Attend Legislative Rally in Washington D.C.

As Congress works toward enacting national electric legislation, New Holstein officials traveled to Washington D.C. recently to encourage Wisconsin's federal lawmakers to support policies that allow community-owned utilities to continue providing reliable, low-cost power to their customers.

Mayor Vern Rolbiecki and Alderman Gene Woelfel joined more than three dozen community leaders from Wisconsin and nearly 700 officials from around the country at the annual American Public Power Association's legislative rally in the nation's capital January 27-29.

New Holstein's representatives urged Wisconsin's congressional delegation to support changes in the tax code that would allow municipal utilities like New Holstein Utilities to participate in a competitive marketplace. They also encouraged support for strong transmission and market power provisions in any restructuring efforts.

In addition to meeting with Senator Russ Feingold and other Wisconsin representatives, Rolbiecki and Woelfel attended a ceremony honoring Senator Herb Kohl for his continued support of municipal electric utilities. Kohl accepted the 2002 "Friend of Public Power Award" given by New Holstein's power supplier, Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI), and the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin (MEUW).

New Holstein is an owner of WPPI, a Sun Prairie-based power company that supplies electricity and support services to 36 Wisconsin municipal utilities, and is a member of MEUW, an association representing the state's 82 public power providers.