Public Power

ALP Utilities is Alexandria’s municipal public power utility which serves residents with electric, water and business communication services. ALP Utilities not only provides essential services, it also powers the success of our community. ALP is governed by local friends and neighbors. This keeps decision making closer to where customers live and closer to their best interests. ALP also employs people and gives back to the community in many ways with affordable and dependable service; local control; accountability to customers; quick response times; not-for-profit structure; safety and environmentally conscious practices; and face to face customer service.

A municipal public power utility not only means better reliability at a reasonable cost, it also means decisions about your service are made right in your community. ALP Utilities is a proud public power provider.

ALP does business as the Board of Public Utilities, which was established in 1889.


1889: City council adopted an ordinance granting the right to establish and electric plant and provide power for operation of the water works. At a cost of $8,500 J.S. Hardenbeck established an electric light plant, which he sold to the city. The Board of Public Works was established.

1920’s: ALP had coal fired boilers that produced steam which were utilized for city steam heat and also to spin generators that produced electricity for the town.

1936: ALP built its first water tower, which was located near Knute Nelson Ball Park.