WPPI recently welcomed the community of Norway, Mich., as its newest member. The addition brings to 43 the number of municipal utilities who are members of WPPI.
Norway, located just over the Wisconsin border in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, serves more than 2,200 residential and commercial customers. The city owns the Sturgeon Falls hydroelectric facility, which provides approximately two-thirds of Norway’s power needs. The balance of Norway’s electric needs will be supplied through WPPI.
WPPI presented a long-term power supply proposal to the City of Norway in January. In May, the city passed a resolution to become a WPPI member. The power supply contract was approved by the city on June 19 and by WPPI’s Executive Committee on June 23.
“WPPI is pleased to welcome the community of Norway,” said WPPI President and CEO Roy Thilly. “Our members are committed to working together to gain economies of scale. As a new member, Norway will gain the advantages of a stable, competitively priced power supply along with comprehensive support services for the utility and its customers.”
Norway is the third municipally owned utility to join WPPI this year. With the additions of Negaunee, Mich. and Independence, Iowa in April, WPPI will now supply electricity to more than 160,000 customers in the region.