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Posted on: September 22, 2021

Community Ownership of Local Utilities Recognized

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Sioux Center Municipal Utilities is recognizing historic decisions and their long-lasting impact on the community by celebrating Public Power & Natural Gas Week, Oct. 3-9. The City Council declared this week Public Power and Natural Gas Week in Sioux Center at the September 20 council meeting.

“Our utilities are community-owned and community-focused,” said Sioux Center Utilities Manager Murray Hulstein. “Sioux Center made the decision to have municipal utilities decades ago, and that decision continues to benefit the community as a whole today.”

Sioux Center has owned its electric utility for 72 years and the natural gas utility for 67 years.

Sioux Center Municipal Utilities (SCMU) are led with local decision making by Sioux Center’s City Council. Because SCMU is operated by local employees, the community is served with quicker response times and face-to-face customer service. A new free app, available for Apple and Android devices, also gives customers direct access to their utility account.

“Also, our utilities are not-for-profit. They invest back in the community,” SCMU Communications Coordinator Maggie Landegent said at the council meeting. “We see that not only in development, but also in our parks and trails, emergency responders, recreation and arts, and our library and other amenities.”

A significant portion of Sioux Center’s electric power portfolio is renewable energy, with much of that coming from hydro-power facilities on the Missouri River. Sioux Center’s natural gas department operates about 70 miles of pipeline in and around the community.

“We source our energy in a manner that is environmentally responsible and cost-effective,” Hulstein said. “Decisions are based in being stewardly for our consumer-owners.”

Residents can more about local utilities and Power & Natural Gas Week by connecting with Sioux Center Municipal Utilities on social media 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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