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Posted on: October 3, 2019

Celebrating Community Ownership of Local Utilities

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Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is celebrating its distinctively local service during Public Power & Natural Gas Week, Oct. 6-12, 2019. Mayor David Krahling and the City Council declared this week Public Power and Natural Gas Week in Sioux Center at their most recent council meeting.

“In Sioux Center, our utilities are community-owned and community-focused,” said Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein. “Sioux Center residents made the decision to have municipal utilities decades ago, and their decision continues to benefit the community as a whole.”

The community has owned the electric utility for 70 years and the natural gas utility for 65 years.

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities are not for profit and driven by local decision making by our elected city council. Because SCMU is operated by local employees, the community is served with quicker response times and face-to-face customer service.

“We work to power and heat our hometown, so reliability and safety are top priorities,” Hulstein said. “The utilities also invest in Sioux Center and promote healthy community growth.”

Nearly 45 percent of Sioux Center’s electric power portfolio is renewable energy, with much of that coming from hydro-power facilities on dams on the Missouri River. Sioux Center’s natural gas department operates about 70 miles of pipeline, delivering gas purchased from Northern Natural Gas.

Learn more about local utilities and Power & Natural Gas Week by connecting with Sioux Center Municipal Utilities on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or by visiting www.siouxcenter.org/utilities.

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is a community-owned utility provider, serving Sioux Center’s power, natural gas, wastewater and water needs. SCMU serves more than 2,000 residential and commercial customers and promotes energy efficiency and local economic growth.

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