Public Utilities

Utilities - Tin StreetThe City of Redwood Falls owns and operates its own electrical power company. Organized in 1946, the Redwood Falls Public Utilities Commission provides reliable and economical electrical service to residential and commercial customers in Redwood Falls.  The Utility is in charge of meter reading, billing and collection, electrical transmission/distribution line operations, and power plant operations.

The Utility operates the distribution system but only produces a very small amount of electricity via a hydro power plant located on the Redwood River. The hydro plant is used primarily for back-up power supply, providing “peak” performance and load balance demand. Most wholesale power is purchased by the Utility from two sources; the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) and the Western Area Power Agency (WAPA). SMMPA is a consortium of 18 southern Minnesota cities who have municipal electrical services. SMMPA is a 40 percent owner of the Sherco 3 coal power plant located in Becker, Minnesota, which is the primary source of SMMPA wholesale power. Wholesale electricity purchased from WAPA is produced from the hydropower plants in the western states.

The City maintains long-term contracts for wholesale power from each of these sources.  Due to local public ownership, Redwood Falls enjoys lower electrical rates than customers of electric cooperatives or private corporations.

Public Utilities Superintendent
Chuck Heins
507-627-1301
E-mail:  cheins@ci.redwood-falls.mn.us

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