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December 7, 2010
Substation problem cuts power in south Willmar
WILLMAR -- A Willmar Municipal Utilities official says an equipment failure inside the south substation caused a half-hour power outage this morning in south Willmar. The outage occurred at 11:09 a.m. after the equipment failed, according to Bruce Gomm, utilities general manager....
December 7, 2010 - 3:39pm
October 14, 2010
Officials with Willmar Municipal Utilities may consider increasing city's water rates
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission is looking at the possibility of increasing water rates. The commission on Tuesday received a timeline from General Manager Bruce Gomm leading to implementing new rates on Jan.
October 14, 2010 - 12:00am
September 28, 2010
Willmar Municipal Utilities applies for improvement permit for power plant
WILLMAR -- Staff at Willmar Municipal Utilities have completed 18 months of work on a state permit application seeking approval to make efficiency improvements at the local power plant.
September 28, 2010 - 12:00am
September 14, 2010
Wind turbine sidelined over weekend due to an oil leak
WILLMAR -- An oil leak sidelined one of Willmar Municipal Utilities two wind turbines over the weekend. The problem surfaced late Wednesday...
September 14, 2010 - 12:00am
August 31, 2010
Utilities Commission tables action on next phase of study of power supply
WILLMAR -- A power supply study recommends Willmar Municipal Utilities buy power from a variety of sources to minimize costs and risk associated with economic uncertainties and environmental policy changes. The study by Central Minnesota Municipal Power Agency of Blue Earth was designed...
August 31, 2010 - 12:00am
August 20, 2010
Head of turbine manufacturer meets with Willmar Utilities officials
WILLMAR -- Wind turbine manufacturer DeWind Co. is learning from the challenges encountered by Willmar Municipal Utilities and the two turbines...
August 20, 2010 - 12:00am
August 10, 2010
Willmar MUC planning to meet with president of company that built the city's two turbines
WILLMAR -- The president of the company that manufactured Willmar's two wind turbines will meet next week with officials of Willmar Municipal Utilities and members of the Municipal Utilities Commission. Bob Rugh, president of DeWind of Irvine, Calif., will meet Aug. 18 with utility...
August 10, 2010 - 12:00am
July 7, 2010
Project finds corn cobs are a viable fuel opportunity for city MUC
WILLMAR -- A pilot project testing the feasibility of burning corn cobs with coal found that cobs are a viable, renewable fuel opportunity for Willmar Municipal Utilities, according to a recently completed study. Corn cobs were burned with coal at Willmar's power plant in 2009 without...
July 7, 2010 - 12:00am
June 29, 2010
MUC sends crew to Wadena
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities was one of many municipal utilities in the state that sent employees to provide mutual aid and help restore...
June 29, 2010 - 12:00am
June 21, 2010
Willmar Utilities, seven other utilities form planning group
BLUE EARTH -- Willmar Municipal Utilities and seven other electric utilities have announced the formation of the Resource Planning Coalition. The coalition will conduct power supply planning for the participants to look at their aggregate long-term resource needs.
June 21, 2010 - 12:00am
June 15, 2010
Final wind turbine payment reflects lost revenue
WILLMAR -- The manufacturer of Willmar's two wind turbines will receive final payment on its $6.2 million contract. The $237,400 payment approved...
June 15, 2010 - 12:00am
May 12, 2010
S.D. utility offers power supply opportunity to Willmar
WILLMAR -- Heartland Consumers Power District of South Dakota is offering to become a power supplier for Willmar Municipal Utilities, but Heartland...
May 12, 2010 - 12:00am
April 27, 2010
South Dakota utility interested in selling power to city MUC
WILLMAR -- A South Dakota utility says it's interested in replacing the power that Willmar Municipal Utilities buys under a contract from another supplier that expires in five years. The unexpected interest expressed by Heartland Consumer Power District of Madison, S.D., in selling...
April 27, 2010 - 12:00am
April 13, 2010
Utilities Commission OKs beginning process to hire assistant engineer, says thousands will be saved
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities estimates it will save thousands of dollars by hiring an assistant engineer to work on electrical system and power plant upgrades and projects rather than hire outside engineering consultants to plan the projects. The utility has 13 projects...
April 13, 2010 - 12:00am
April 6, 2010
MUC GM meets with council on current, future projects
WILLMAR -- Willmar Municipal Utilities General Manager Bruce Gomm discussed utility projects and issues with the City Council on Monday.
April 6, 2010 - 12:00am