About ALP Utilities

Ownership: ALP Utilities is Alexandria’s municipal utility.

Business Office: 316 Fillmore Street, Alexandria MN 56308
Electric Meters: Residential 7,993; Commercial 1,757; Total 9,750
Water Meters: Residential 3,099; Commercial 978; Total 4,077
Employees: 35

Electric Power Supply

ALP Utilities purchases about 32 percent of its power from Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). WAPA is one of four Federal power marketing administrations. It markets and transmits about 10,500 megawatts of power from 56 hydropower plants.

The other 68 percent is purchased from Missouri River Energy Services (MRES). MRES is a joint action agency of 61 municipal electric utilities in the states of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. MRES gets 282 megawatts of power from the coal-fired Laramie River Station, one of the nation’s most efficient power plants; 60 megawatts from the Watertown Power Plant, a combustion turbine; and 140 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 will add a 36 MW hydro plant in Iowa that will be completed in 2019.

Reliability

ALP Utilities uses eReliability Tracker software to track reliability metrics. Development of this software was supported by a grant from APPA’s DEED (Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Developments) program. This software is designed to provide excellent outage data collection and categorization services with good introductory coverage of the standard IEEE 1366 metrics for public power.

2017 Performance

Index ALP UtilitiesRegional AverageNational Average
SAIDI (minutes)10.2957100.7792161.7605
CAIDI (minutes)11.453858.943321.6103
SAIFI (# of interruptions)0.17470.72750.8515
MAIFI (# of interruptions)0.01330.3090.3515

SAIDI: Average interruption duration (in minutes) for customers served by the utility system during a specific time.
CAIDI: Average duration (in minutes) of an interruption experienced by customers during a specific period.
SAIFI: Average number of instances a customer on the utility system will experience an interruption during a specific time.
MAIFI: Average number of times a customer on the utility system will experience a momentary interruption.

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/.

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.

Cogeneration and Small Power Production Tariff

All customer generation in excess of their electrical energy requirement which flows back into ALP Utilities distribution system shall be paid at a rate of $0.0233/kWh.