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Who We Are
Welcome to Sun Prairie Utilities’ website. As a citizen of Sun Prairie and a customer of Sun Prairie Utilities, you are part owner of our community’s utility company. Because Sun Prairie Utilities is municipally owned, you have a voice in the way we do business.
Sun Prairie Utilities is the locally owned and operated electric, water, and fiber optic utility - serving more than 13,500 customer accounts - in beautiful Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.
Low-Cost, Reliable Service
At Sun Prairie Utilities, we strive to provide low-cost, reliable service with a friendly, personal touch. After all, we are your friends and neighbors who share your values and understand your needs. That’s what makes a local, community-owned utility a valuable asset to citizens and the community.
Our mission is to provide low-cost electric, water, and telecommunications service while maintaining a high standard of service with public and employee safety a high priority.
2015 Financial Statements
Sun Prairie Utilities Commission
Local Ownership : Local Control
Your Community-0wned Utility is Governed by People you Know
Sun Prairie Utilities is governed by a seven member commission. Five commission members are nominated for a five-year term (one each year) by the mayor and approved by the Common Council. Two additional commissioners are selected from the Common Council membership, each serving a one-year term.
The current Sun Prairie Utilities Commissioners are:
- Ted Chase, Chair
- Nancy Everson, Secretary/Treasurer
- Kurt Kniess, Commissioner
- John Andres, Commissioner
- Dan Presser, Commissioner
- Mike Jacobs, Mayoral Council Appointee
- Russ Fassbender, Common Council Appointee
The Utilities Commission regular meetings are held at 125 W. Main Street on the third Monday of every month, and starts at 5:00 p.m. View the current Agenda here.
Sun Prairie Utilities is dedicated to meeting our customers’ needs while helping to make the community a better place to live and work.
Sun Prairie Utilities is one of this country's 2,200 public power systems — a utility owned by the people and the community it serves.
Public power systems like Sun Prairie Utilities are non-profit and have one main purpose — to provide customers with the best services at the lowest possible cost. Local representation and control allows all citizens to have a voice in how our utility can best meet the community’s needs.
We’re proud to be your locally owned and operated utility.
As neighbors, we take our responsibility to you very seriously. We know you want reliable power at an affordable cost. You also want a utility provider who cares enough to go the extra mile today…and who has the know-how to build for tomorrow.
To ensure that we’re here for a long, long time, we share resources with other local utilities. In fact, we’re co-owners of WPPI Energy, a nonprofit, Sun Prairie-based power company, Through WPPI Energy, we purchase low-cost electricity for our community and take advantage of the latest technologies to better serve your needs.
Hamilton and Staff, a respected, national public opinion research firm, recently conducted an independent nationwide poll to learn what people think of public ownership of utilities.
|The results were simple:
"A majority of U.S. consumers believe that public power is more concerned about the environment, offers lower rates, allows more control over utility operations and has better service than private power companies. The public believes local ownership of electric utilities plays a strong role in the electric industry."
In 1897, the Sun Prairie Village Board approved an ordinance and franchise authorizing Charles B. Hayden to build, erect, maintain and operate an electric plant for the purpose of lighting the village.
Charles Hayden began operating as Sun Prairie Electric and Laundry. They initially provided lighting to Main Street, eventually building out to residences. Sun Prairie Electric and Laundry also operated a telephone exchange and power laundry.
In 1899, the Sun Prairie Village board awarded a bid to F. Thompson & Sons for the first city well, and a bid to Stegerwald and Lessner for construction of the first city water tower (still standing at the corner of Columbus and Church streets, retired from service in 1991).
The first meeting of the 3- member Board of Water Commissioners was in April, 1903. The original members were the appointed water superintendant B.B. Cobb, J.F. Dott, and J.B. Rood.
In 1910, a petition of 42 citizens led to the purchase of the electric plant from Hayden for $6800.
The water and electric oversight was combined in 1949 with the creation of the 5-member Sun Prairie Water & Light Commission. Original members were Cyril Langer, Tony Klubertanz, Paul Robinson, Max Thorpe and Nubs Weisensel.
|In 1955||...||well # 3 was placed in service. This is our oldest well in service.|
|In 1958||...||South Substation on Linnerud Drive was put in service.|
|In 1972||...||the Utilities service center for equipment was constructed.|
|In 1998||...||contracted with the City and School District to build out fiber optic ring, began wireless internet offering.|
|In 2000||...||the current office location at 125 West Main Street was opened.|
|In 2010||...||celebrated 100 year anniversary, changed company name to Sun Prairie Utilities|
History of Utility Managers
|1903-1927||...||B B Cobb|
|1946-1948||...||F I Conner|
|1948-1956||...||B E Long|