It’s Public Power Week, and Pierre has reason to celebrate!
Pierre’s Electric Department has received national recognition for the exceptional electric reliability provided to Pierre customers.
According to data compiled from the American Public Power Association’s eReliability Tracker service, those served by Pierre Municipal Utilities experienced an average of five minutes of power outages in 2022; nationally, the top 25% of the most reliable electric utilities averaged 84 minutes of power outages annually for the last five years. Because of those statistics, Pierre received the Excellence in Reliability award, outshining more than 75% of all electric utilities in the nation.
“In recent years we have put a priority on maintenance and modernization of our infrastructure,” said Pierre Mayor Steve Harding. “Our team has done a fantastic job of it, and this recognition demonstrates that.”
“I’m also proud we have been able to stay in front of our electrical infrastructure needs without raising rates for the past five years.”
The City of Pierre owns three substations that work in conjunction with one federally-owned substation. Together, they distribute electrical power to approximately 7,330 Pierre utility customers. The city does not generate power. It purchases electricity from the Western Area Power Administration and Missouri River Energy Services; both are not-for-profit wholesale power providers.
The American Public Power Association represents not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. Each year, the industry celebrates public power and recognizes the benefits of being a public power community including high reliability, local service, community focus, and local decision making.