Discounted LED Bulbs Available for a Limited Time

Be Bright this fall!  Through December 31 (November 30 for Rochester retailers), while supplies last, residential electric customers of SMMPA member utilities are eligible for reduced pricing on ENERGY STAR® qualified LED light bulbs at select retailers


ENERGY STAR-labeled LEDs use 80% less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent light bulbs - but less watts doesn’t mean less light!   LEDs produce bright light for less cost because they use less electricity and last longer than incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs - saving time and money on replacements.

By replacing the five most used bulbs in your home with energy-efficient LEDs, you can save about $40 in energy costs during the first year alone.  LEDs also produce less heat than incandescents - improving safety. 


While these financial savings are a big draw, LEDs also offer environmental benefits to help make our member communities a little greener.


Remember, supplies are limited, so get your discounted LEDs before they sell out!  Click here for the entire retailer list.  Discounted LEDs purchased during this promotion are not eligible for our year-round LED rebate program.

Check out our latest "Current" newsletter

Our newest issue features articles on the first year success of the Lemond Solar Center, the Owatonna Energy Station dedication event, highlights from our Crisis Communications Seminar and more. This edition of the Current is available here and in the Financials section of the website.


If you would like to be put on the mailing list to receive Current directly (either by mail or electronically via email) please click here and provide your name and mailing or email address.

Agency dedicates Owatonna Energy Station

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency hosted an open house Wednesday, August 8, 2018, to dedicate its new 38.8 MW Owatonna Energy Station. The generation facility is the most recent addition to SMMPA’s power supply portfolio, and it replaces a facility that was damaged by the 201 Straight River flood.


This is the second energy station owned and operated by SMMPA. In 2013 the Agency built the 25 MW Fairmont Energy Station.

Our Commitment To Sustainability

Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) and its 18 member utilities are committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability. Our efforts in this area range from using energy wisely, operating our facilities in as efficient a manner as possible, controlling emissions and diversifying our generation portfolio.


Click here to download our comprehensive brochure which highlights some of the activities that are part of SMMPA’s overall commitment to sustainability.

SMMPA to hold Dedication Open House for New Owatonna Generating Station

The Owatonna Energy Station, the most recent addition to SMMPA’s power supply portfolio, began commercial operation on March 16, 2018.  The organization is inviting the public to a dedication open house to be held on August 8, 2018 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the facility located at 2884 W. Bridge St. in Owatonna, MN. 

 “We are pleased to have this new facility on-line, providing reliable and cost-effective energy to our eighteen member utilities,” said Dave Geschwind, SMMPA’s Executive Director and CEO.  


Construction of the $40 million plant began in October of 2015 and was completed in early 2018. The plant’s four natural gas-fired reciprocating internal combustion engines provide superior flexibility and an ability to rapidly increase or decrease production, providing an ideal complement to Minnesota’s increasing amount of intermittent wind and solar generating capacity.

As part of the dedication open house, SMMPA will offer refreshments and tours of the new plant. 

SMMPA and its Members Partner With ENERGY STAR’s Laundry Campaign

Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR® deliver superior efficiency and performance by incorporating advanced features that make cleaning easier and more effective while saving money on your energy bills.


You can save even more with a utility rebate!


SMMPA member utilities offer rebates of up to $100 on the purchase of new ENERGY STAR clothes washers.  Rebate forms are available by clicking here and selecting your utility.


Clothes washers that have earned the ENERGY STAR use 25% less energy and approximately 33% less water than standard models and use a variety of sophisticated cleaning methods that deliver on performance while being gentler on your clothes.  Learn more and get guidance choosing the right clothes washer for your home here.

Rochester Public Utilities Former Director of Power Resources and Customer Relations Receives Individual Achievement Award

Walter "Wally" Schlink, former Director of Power Resources and Customer Relations at Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) in Minnesota, received the James D. Donovan Individual Achievement Award at the American Public Power Association's national conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. This Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the electric utility industry and to public power.

Wally began his public power career working on the front lines as a journeyman maintenance technician. He became Director of Power Resources and Customer Relations at RPU. Wally's roots allowed him to relate to employees at all levels while instilling a sense of pride and commitment to customer service. He was active with the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) and served on many working groups. He also served on the American Public Power Association's board of directors and chaired the Association's DEED board and its Engineering and Operations section.

"We congratulate Wally on this well-deserved recognition of his contribution to the broader public power community and also thank him for his significant contribution to SMMPA," said David P. Geschwind, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of SMMPA.

Wally retired from RPU in March of 2018, leaving a legacy of mentorship and collaboration.

SMMPA makes significant progress in reducing its carbon footprint

The issue of climate change is increasingly in the news and SMMPA is asked what it has done to reduce its carbon footprint.  In cooperation with its eighteen member utilities, the answer is quite a bit - as in 5.5 million tons of CO2 reductions since 2005.  Learn more about SMMPA’s specific actions in a new brochure titled:

Our Commitment to Sustainability – Reducing our Carbon Footprint