Oconto Falls utilities service marks 85th anniversary

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Utility was founded in 1932

Times Herald Staff

During the September meeting of the Oconto Falls Utilities Commission, Greg Kuhn, utility manager, left, and Jim Kardoskee, commission president, accept an award from WPPI Energy in honor of 85 years as a public power utility. (Contributed photo)

Oconto Falls Municipal Utilities, the city of Oconto Falls’ locally owned, not-for-profit electric, water and wastewater utility, is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.

The utility’s anniversary was recognized at an awards luncheon during WPPI Energy’s annual conference in September. WPPI Energy is a wholesale energy provider that counts Oconto Falls among its municipal member-owners.

“I’d like to extend my congratulations and appreciation to Oconto Falls Municipal Utilities for 85 years of service to the Oconto Falls community,” said Mike Peters, president and CEO of WPPI Energy.

The utility was founded in 1932 by the residents of Oconto Falls. 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 Greg Kuhn, utility manager. “We also live in this community; it’s our home. We want to be a part of making it great.”

While the utility’s employees are proud of the utility’s history, they also want to ensure that it will continue to serve the community for generations to come, Kuhn said.

As part of the effort to stay current and prepare for the future, the utility is incorporating new technology in the area of meter reading, using renewable energy and offering energy efficiency programs.

“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,” Kuhn said.