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Norway’s public electric utility celebrates 75 years

WPPI Energy presented the City of Norway Department of Power and Light a plaque in recognition of its 75th anniversary. From left, Norway City Manager Ray Anderson; Jeff Forbes, energy services manager of WPPI Energy, and Scott Hagy, electric foreman of the city of Norway. (Terri Castelaz/Daily News photo)

NORWAY — The City of Norway Department of Power and Light, the community’s locally owned, not-for-profit electric utility, is celebrating 75 years this year.

City of Norway Department of Power and Light is a member-owner of WPPI Energy, a not-for-profit wholesale energy provider and joint action agency. The utility’s milestone anniversary was recognized at an awards ceremony during the WPPI Energy annual meeting Sept. 17.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations and appreciation to city of Norway Department of Power and Light for 75 years of service to their community,” said Mike Peters, president and CEO of WPPI Energy.

The City of Norway Electric Utility was formed in 1945 when the city purchased the Sturgeon Falls Hydro and the electric distribution system from the local mining company. The hydroelectric facility and the distribution system was built by the company in the early 1900s.

It has remained a public power utility since that time and utility employees continue to be guided by the principles of local ownership and control, keeping revenue in the community, providing first-rate customer service, and making a positive impact in the community through volunteer and outreach efforts.

“Working for a local utility that’s owned by the community we serve gives us a much bigger reason to care about the work we do,” said Norway City Manager Ray Anderson. “We also live in this community; it’s our home. We want to be a part of making it great.”

“Anniversaries are a great time to reflect both on what has brought us to this point and where we want to go in the future,” added Anderson.

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