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WILLMAR MUNICIPAL UTILITIES

Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission received the final water rate report at its meeting Monday, and the recommended increases will nearly double residents' water bills by 2026.
The installation of new streetlights continues in downtown Willmar on Wednesday.
A broken tree branch that fell on the power lines in Willmar caused an hour-long power outage for 1,688 Willmar Municipal Utilities customers.
Willmar Municipal Utilities sets a plan for notification of electric customers during potential shortages.

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Epitopix asked the city to extend municipal utilities to its property on 45th Street Northwest in order to expand its vaccine production capabilities.
All contracts for the new Willmar Municipal Utilities substation have come in under budget. The substation is expected to be energized in November.
Willmar Municipal Utilities may be asked to help with emergency power generation and conservation measures this summer as the Midcontinent Independent System Operator expects energy shortages due to rising heat waves.
The Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission heard an interim water rate report at its May 23 meeting that projected a potential rate increase of 25% starting in 2023. No decisions will be made before July, but the action may be needed in order to replenish cash reserves.
Members of the Willmar Municipal Utilities Commission took one last tour of the power plant to analyze if there is anything left worth keeping. Many items with historic value have been salvaged ahead of the planned demolition of the plant next year.
A customer satisfaction survey recently completed by Willmar Municipal Utilities shows positive results: Customers are satisfied with the service and feel good about their interactions with the utilities.

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Willmar Municipal Utilities' two wind turbines produced record output in April — 1,416,112 total kilowatt-hours — more than double the output recorded during the month of April in the years 2018-2021.
The American Public Power Association’s Safety Award of Excellence for safe operating practices in 2021 was presented to Willmar Municipal Utilities.
An overnight power outage in Willmar on Feb. 28 was caused by equipment failure at the Willmar Substation. Willmar Municipal Utilities crews were able to get power back up within 40 minutes. Willmar Municipal Utilities is also asking that customers not call 911 to report an outage, but instead call the utilities.

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