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A Willmar Municipal Utilities transmission line connects to the substation jointly owned by Willmar Utilities and Great River Energy. A study says Willmar Utilities will benefit financially by increasing its assets in the region’s electric transmission grid. Tribune photo by David Little

Being an owner in ‘grid’ would increase revenues for Willmar Municipal Utilities


WILLMAR — Willmar Municipal Utilities’ electric customers would benefit if the city-owned utility becomes a full owner and not just a market participant in the region’s transmission grid.

Utilities such as Willmar pay a delivery charge for the electricity they buy off the grid. In return, utilities that own assets in the grid receive revenue from payments made by transmission users for shipping that electricity over the grid.

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David Little
David Little covers the Willmar City Council, Willmar Municipal Utilities and other city news.
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