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Mission Statement

Provide our customers with safe and reliable electric, water, business communications and other utility services in an environmentally and financially responsible manner.

Business Hours:

Summer

April - September
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 4:00pm

Winter

October - March
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm


Ownership: ALP Utilities is the city-owned municipal utility.
Headquarters: 316 Fillmore Street, Alexandria MN 56308
Electric Meters  
  Residential: 7,798
  Commercial: 1,767
  Total: 9,565
Water Meters:  
  Residential: 2,831
  Commercial: 925
  Total: 3,756
Employees: 32
Standby Generating Capability: 9 MegaWatts
Transmission Lines: 12.46 miles
Distribution Lines: 259.65 miles
  Overhead: 95.88 miles
  Underground: 163.77 miles
Electric Service Area: 34 sq. miles / Service Area
Water Service Area: 17.8 sq. miles
Water Capacity: 3.38 million gallons/day
Mission Statement: Provide our customers with safe and reliable electric, water, business communications and other utility services in an environmentally and financially responsible manner.

Public Power

There are more than 2,000 municipal electric utilities in the U.S. ALP believes that public power is the best choice for their communities and citizens. Here are a few of the reasons why:

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Community Ownership

A community-owned utility is owned by the city or municipality it serves. It exists to provide a public service to the residents and businesses of the community. Service - rather than profit - is the utility's mission.

Local Control and Regulation

The rates and services of a municipal utility are governed by the city itself, either through the city commission or an appointed or elected utility authority. Thus, the utility is governed by residents of the community who are also customers of the utility and are thoroughly familiar with its operations and services.

Decisions such as the electric distribution system aesthetics and design can be made keeping the needs of the community in mind. Decisions can be made on the local level to implement special programs such as load management and energy conservation as deemed necessary.

If a customer has a complaint, he or she does not have to call long distance and talk to a series of phone operators. The customer can discuss the problem locally, with another member of the community, and be assured that the problem will be addressed.

Quick On-Site Response

We work hard to make sure you don't experience a power outage. Some things like squirrels, storms and accidents are out of our control. If an outage occurs, we're always just a few minutes away. We'll get to the problem and fix it as quickly as possible.

Efficient Operation

Since one of our goals is to be the low-cost provider of electric service, our current and future advantage lies in our efficient operation. Our expenses are substantially lower than those of a private power company.

Community Values

Decisions about the operation of a municipal utility are made locally - by members of the community - at open, public meetings. Because all decisions are made locally, a municipal utility is uniquely able to respond to the community's needs, build on the community's strengths and reflect and advance the community's values.

Keeping Dollars in the Community

Here are some of the ways a municipal utility helps to maintain a sound local economy:

  • Local ownership means that customers' energy dollars stay in the community - creating jobs and supporting the local economy.
  • Municipal utilities serve as an engine for economic development. Local flexibility and quality service offered by municipal utilities are a major advantage for the community in attracting and retaining commercial and industrial customers.
  • Municipal utilities make significant payments-in-lieu-of-taxes to the city.
  • On average, municipal utility rates are competitive and often lower than those of other utilities. Competitive rates mean more dollars are available to spend on other goods and services, which boosts the local economy.

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Electric Power Supply

ALP Utilities purchases about 30 percent of its power from Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). WAPA is one of four Federal power marketing administrations. It markets and transmits about 10,000 megawatts of power from 56 hydropower plants.

The other 70 percent is purchased from Missouri River Energy Services (MRES). MRES is a joint action agency of 60 municipal electric utilities in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. MRES gets 281 megawatts of power from the coal-fired Laramie River Station, one of the nation's most efficient power plants; 52 megawatts from the Watertown Power Plant, a combustion turbine; and 150 megawatts from the Exira Station, which has three combustion turbines. Additional generation is provided from wind resources and from smaller generating units that are located, owned, operated, and maintained by member utilities. In addition MRES has just broken grouond on a 36 MW hydroplant in Iowa.

Interconnection Requests

ALP Utilities facilitates interconnection to our 115kV transmission utilizing documentation guidelines from Otter Tail Power Company's website at: https://www.otpco.com/help-center/how-to-connect-to-our-power-grid/transmission-generators/

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Purchase Power Adjustment Clause

The Purchase Power Adjustment Clause allows ALP to automatically raise or lower its rates, by $0.01/kWh increments in response to purchased power cost increases or decreases.

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Cogeneration and Small Power Production Tariff

All customer generation in excess of their electrical energy requirement which flows back into ALP Utilities distrobution system shall be paid at a rate of $0.0255/kWh.

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