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December 12, 2018

Electrify Your Ride Sweepstakes winner takes to the road in Tesla

This fall we partnered with Drive Electric Minnesota and two other area utilities to offer customers a chance to win one week in a Tesla. The Electrify Your Ride Sweepstakes was open to current Otter Tail Power Company or Minnesota Power customers and members of Great River Energy and its 28 member-owner distribution cooperatives.

The Otter Tail Power Company Electrify Your Ride Sweepstakes winner was Terry Peoples, an Otter Tail Power Company customer and resident of Gilby, North Dakota. He found out about the contest while scrolling through Twitter.

Peoples’ experience kicked off in Minneapolis, Minnesota…

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November 27, 2018

Otter Tail Power Company is lighting up the holiday season with LED events

Donate a bag of food for the Food Shelf in exchange for new LED holiday lights

Have you upgraded to light-emitting diode (LED) holiday lights? If not, consider making the switch this year. On Wednesday, November 28, and Thursday, November 29, Otter Tail Power Company will host holiday light exchanges in Bemidji and Fergus Falls, Minnesota.

Simply bring a bag of non-perishable food in exchange for up to five strings of LED holiday lights. “For some, the hardest part of the holiday season is putting food on the table,” said Otter Tail Power Company Senior Market Planning Specialist Brenda Sandahl. “T…

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November 05, 2018

Canby High School receives rebate from Otter Tail Power Company

Completes upgrade to energy-saving LED lighting

Canby High School receives rebate

With the help of rebates from Otter Tail Power Company, Canby High School recently completed an energy-efficient lighting retrofit project.

The lighting retrofit, completed by Vlaminck Electric, consisted of replacing approximately 1,424 interior lights with light-emitting diode (LED) technology. LEDs are more energy-efficient when compared with other available lighting sources, using about 70 percent less energy than high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting. LEDs also have longer lives—lasting four to five times longer than HIDs—resulting in increased reliabilit…

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October 25, 2018

October is National Energy Awareness Month

Otter Tail Power Company offers many ways to save through energy efficiency

While every month is energy awareness month at Otter Tail Power Company, this October the company challenges its customers to find new ways to save during National Energy Awareness Month.

Shred your heating bills with a cold-climate heat pump
CCHP
It’s not a furnace. And it’s not an air conditioner. It’s both! A cold-climate heat pump (CCHP) can lower your heating costs considerably and double as a cooling system in the summer. Fact is, it’ll keep your home comfortable whatever the weather.

CCHPs operate at approximately 400% efficiency at 47°F or above, and wh…

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October 03, 2018

Strand Kjorsvig Community Rest Home receives rebate from Otter Tail Power Company

Completes upgrade to energy-saving heating and cooling system

With the help of a $6,000 rebate from Otter Tail Power Company, Strand Kjorsvig Community Rest Home completed a recent upgrade to a new energy-efficient heating and cooling system.

After completing a heat loss comparison on fuel usage, Otter Tail Power Company determined Strand Kjorsvig Community Rest Home could greatly benefit by switching to a cold-climate heat …

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September 27, 2018

Stay safe and productive this harvest season

Remember to be vigilant around utility equipment

Harvest is one of the busiest times of the year. Otter Tail Power Company reminds farmers to stay safe by paying as much attention to what’s above their heads and within reach of their machinery as they do to their harvesting and tillage work, says Greg Overland, the company’s Safety Services Manager.

“When you’re working long hours or rushing to beat the weather, it’s easy to overlook power lines and related equipment,” says Overland. “But it’s important to plan ahead and caution employees and family members working with you about potenti…

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September 07, 2018

Otter Tail Power Company to cohost Electric Vehicle
Ride & Drive on September 13

Event will highlight the performance and environmental benefits of electric vehicles

EV Ride & Drive event

Otter Tail Power Company, Great River Energy, Lake Region Electric Cooperative, and Midwest EVOLVE (Electric Vehicle Opportunities: Learning, eVents, Experience) are partnering to host an Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive event on Thursday, September 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Minnesota Motor Company. Learn about the performance, availability, and environmental advantages of electric vehicles (EVs).

The Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive is a fun, informational event that offers a hands-on EV experience by…

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August 29, 2018

Lakeland Public Television receives rebate from Otter Tail Power Company

Completes solar installation through POP Solar program

LPTV receives rebate

With the help of a rebate from Otter Tail Power Company, Lakeland Public Television recently installed a 39.6-kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

Projected savings are more than 45,000 kilowatt-hours annually. “Combining our $34,000 rebate with the simple payback brought the project from outside scope to implementation,” said Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representative Roger Garton. Lakeland Public Television also completed an upgrade to energy-saving LED lighting and implemented cost-effective geothermal heating a…

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August 27, 2018

EEI Launches Industry-Wide Environmental, Social, Governance, and Sustainability Reporting Template

Washington, D.C. (August 27, 2018)—The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) announced today that it is launching an environmental, social, governance, and sustainability-related (ESG/sustainability) reporting template to benefit electricity customers and to help EEI’s member electric companies provide the financial sector with more uniform and consistent ESG/sustainability data and information. EEI launched a pilot ESG/sustainability reporting template in December 2017.

Version 1 of the EEI ESG template is the first and only industry-focused and investor-driven ESG reporting fram…

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August 02, 2018

Lake Benton Resort receives rebate from Otter Tail Power Company

Completes upgrade to energy-saving LED lighting

Lake Benton Resort receives rebate

With the help of rebates from Otter Tail Power Company, Lake Benton Resort recently completed an energy efficient lighting retrofit project.

The lighting retrofit project, completed by Thomas Electric, consisted of replacing approximately 345 interior and exterior resort lights with light-emitting diode (LED) technology. Compared to other available lighting sources, LEDs are more energy efficient, using about 70 percent less energy than high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting. LEDs also have longer lives—lasting four to five times longer than HIDs—resulting in …

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June 29, 2018

UPDATE: Severe weather has caused outages for Otter Tail Power Company customers

Outage alert

 

UPDATE (4:09 p.m.): Otter Tail Power Company crews expect to restore power to all customers by late this evening.

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Severe weather in the region has resulted in widespread outages for approximately 6,000 of Otter Tail Power Company’s customers in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Outages began shortly after midnight in western North Dakota and continued through northern Minnesota as the storm moved north and east. “Crews are working to assess and repair damage, though we expect that it could be several hours before we're able to restore power in most…

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June 12, 2018

Mahnomen Health Center receives rebate from Otter Tail Power Company

Completes upgrade to energy-saving LED lighting

Rogert Garton presents a rebate check to Mahnomen Health Center staff

 

With the help of rebates from Otter Tail Power Company, Mahnomen Health Center recently completed a two-year energy-efficiency project.

In 2016 Mahnomen Health Center started a recommissioning study through Otter Tail Power Company’s Minnesota Conservation Improvement Program. The study helps ensure building systems are running at peak performance and provides recommended energy-efficiency measures. Based on study results Mahnomen Health Center implemented many energy-sa…

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June 11, 2018

Watermark Art Center completes energy efficiency project

Receives rebate from Otter Tail Power Company

Roger Garton presents a rebate check to Watermark Art Center staff

 

Otter Tail Power Company presented a $6,600 rebate check to the Watermark Art Center for including cost-effective, energy-efficient strategies in its recent remodel.

Watermark Art Center reduced future energy use of its building through Otter Tail Power Company’s Integrated Building Design Plus program, which provides energy-efficiency design assistance to new construction or major commercial renovation projects. “Energy-saving decisions included LED lights that last longer than incan…

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May 09, 2018

May is National Electrical Safety Month

Stay safe and call before you dig

May is National Electrical Safety Month

 

Nice weather frequently brings outdoor construction, yard work, and planting projects. During National Electrical Safety Month, Otter Tail Power Company reminds customers and neighbors to call 811 before digging to prevent unintentionally hitting underground utility lines.

Every digging project—whether rural or urban, large or small—requires a call to the national 811 One Call center at least 48 hours before you start. This means calling no later than Wednesday for a weekend project. When you dial 811, you’ll con…

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April 21, 2018

Otter Tail Power Company requests rate review in South Dakota

Today Otter Tail Power Company filed a request with the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (SDPUC) to increase its rates. The filing starts a nearly year-long process, often referred to as a rate case, during which the SDPUC first reviews the costs the company incurs to provide customers with energy and related services and then determines how much customers should pay for those services.

“As the second smallest investor-owned utility in the country, our size gives us unique perspective into the small, rural communities we serve,” said Otter Tail Power Company President Tim Rogelstad. “With those communiti…

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April 18, 2018

Celebrate Earth Day every day with ENERGY STAR LEDs

Otter Tail Power Company instant rebates give consumers affordable access to ENERGY STAR products

earth day

As Earth Day approaches, Otter Tail Power Company reminds consumers to review their habits and make earth-friendly changes. An easy change to make is switching incandescent lightbulbs to light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs).

“LEDs use 75% less energy and last approximately 20 times longer than incandescent bulbs. While LEDs may cost more up front, you’ll see energy savings over the long term,” said Otter Tail Power Company Senior Market Planning Specialist Brenda Sandahl. “Look for in-store rebates on ENERGY STAR LEDs at partic…

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April 16, 2018

Red Lake Falls receives Otter Tail Power Company rebate

City upgrades interior and exterior lights to LED

Allen Bertilrud accepts a rebate check from Roger Garton

 

Otter Tail Power Company presented a $52,750 rebate check to the city of Red Lake Falls for upgrading interior and exterior lighting to energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

The city upgraded lighting in nine city-owned buildings and on roadways. Projected savings are more than 230,000 kilowatt-hours annually—the same usage as approximately 21 homes. Installation of motion sensors that turn lights off in unused areas of the buildings further reduces energy costs and le…

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April 03, 2018

Otter Tail Power Company partners with University of Minnesota, Morris to provide electric vehicle charging station

University of Minnesota, Morris Sustainability Director Troy Goodnough points out information on the ChargePoint electric vehicle charging station screen.

 

Otter Tail Power Company partnered with the University of Minnesota, Morris to provide an electric vehicle (EV) charging station for campus students, professors, visitors, and guests. Drivers can find the Level 2 32-Amp charging station in the North Parking Lot, near the campus Welcome Center.

Charging is free for all users. “Electric vehicles are becoming more common in our service area, and working with local organizations to provide charging options is important to us,” said Otter Tail Power Company Market Pl…

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March 22, 2018

Stephanie Hoff named to dual executive role for Otter Tail Corporation, Otter Tail Power Company

Otter Tail Corporation (Nasdaq: OTTR) and Otter Tail Power Company announced today that Stephanie Hoff will assume the role of director, corporate communications, and director, public relations, respectively beginning April 15.

Hoff started working with Otter Tail Power Company in 2000 as a freelance writer. She officially joined the company in 2006 as communication specialist. For the past 11 years, Hoff has served primarily in the public relations area and as manager since 2013. “Stephanie has a deep knowledge of our company and excellent rapport with many of our stakeholder…

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March 15, 2018

Take these precautions to prevent slips, trips, and falls

Hazard signs

 

As spring approaches, construction, yard work, and spring cleaning soon will be in full swing. Otter Tail Power Company’s Safety Services Manager Greg Overland encourages customers and neighbors to follow these tips from the National Safety Council to avoid slips, trips, and falls as we become more active with warmer weather.

“Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional death in the United States, according to the National Safety Council.” said Overland. “When we’re focusing on a task, we may become preoccupied, missing …

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February 28, 2018

Otter Tail Power Company names Todd Wahlund Chief Financial Officer

Today Otter Tail Power Company President Tim Rogelstad announced Todd Wahlund as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective May 1. In this role Wahlund will be accountable for business planning and regulatory accounting; sourcing; and financial reporting, accounting, tax, and payables. Wahlund will succeed George Bell who, prior to his retirement, led the company’s financial team for ten years.

“Wahlund’s impressive reputation for developing and delivering on strategy and achieving measurable results make him the right person to lead our financial team,” said Rogelstad. “I am confident in his broad understand…

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December 21, 2017

Electric vehicle charging stations now available in Jamestown

Otter Tail Power Company partners with local organizations to provide and install equipment

Jamestown now has two electric vehicle (EV) charging stations available to city residents and visitors. Otter Tail Power Company partnered with the National Buffalo Museum, University of Jamestown, Scotts Electric, and Williams Construction to provide the charging stations and related equipment.

Drivers can find one Level 2 32-Amp charging station in the National Buffalo Museum parking lot and one just north of the University of Jamestown’s Sorkness Center. Charging is free. “We’re…

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December 19, 2017

Jennifer Smestad to assume Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary roles at Otter Tail Corporation

Otter Tail Corporation (Nasdaq: OTTR) today announced that Jennifer O. Smestad will assume the roles of Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary beginning January 1, 2018.

For the past 17 years, Smestad has served in roles of increasing responsibility for the corporation’s manufacturing and electric utility platforms. "Jennifer came aboard initially as an attorney for our manufacturing companies, then transitioned to support renewable and transmission expansion projects at the utility, and for the past four years has excelled as the General Counsel of Otter Tail Power Company,” said Otter Tail Corporation President and CEO Chuck …

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November 30, 2017

Otter Tail Power Company program results in significant energy efficiency improvements for Potlatch Corporation

Company provides rebate for energy upgrades

LED light

 

This month Otter Tail Power Company completed a year-long project to help Potlatch Corporation reduce its energy consumption.

Otter Tail Power Company’s Industrial Focused Efficiency program outlines opportunities for potential end-use efficiency, energy management, and process-focused improvements proven…

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November 01, 2017

Otter Tail Power Company requests rate review in North Dakota

Current base rates established almost a decade ago

Today Otter Tail Power Company filed a request with the North Dakota Public Service Commission (NDPSC) to increase its rates. The filing starts a nearly year-long process, often referred to as a rate case, during which the NDPSC first reviews the costs the company incurs to provide customers with energy and related services and then determines how much customers should pay for those services.

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September 26, 2017

Otter Tail Power Company names Tollerson as vice president, energy supply, and Gerhardson as vice president, regulatory affairs

Tollerson and Gerhardson


Today Otter Tail Power Company President Tim Rogelstad announced two executive-level changes for an orderly succession related to the retirement of Jan Rudolf, vice president of energy supply. Both changes will be effective October 6.

Brad Tollerson will add power plants, renewable energy, supply engineering, and generation development to his other executive duties. With th…

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September 14, 2017

UPDATE: Just as Hurricane Irma’s destruction was wide-spread, powerful, and unprecedented—so are response and recovery efforts

OTPCo crews leave for Florida

 

On September 11, at Hurricane Irma’s peak, more than 7.8 million customers were without power in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina—leading to one of the largest restoration efforts in United States history. The response to Irma was swift and efficient with more than 60,000 electrical workers from across the country working around the clock to rebuild infrastructure and restore power. As of last night (Wednesday) at 7 p.m., crews already restored more than half of the outages.

As the largest power restoration effort in United States history, the effort requires precise planning and extensive collaboration.

At 6…

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August 16, 2017

Norman County East Secondary School completes phase three of energy efficiency upgrades

Receives rebate from Otter Tail Power Company for final geothermal heat pump upgrades

Roger Garton presents a rebate check to Terri Sirjord

 

Otter Tail Power Company provided a rebate of $30,400 to Norman County East Secondary School for completing the third major phase of their energy-efficient upgrades.

The school’s geothermal upgrade began with a phase one replacement of 13 geothermal heat pumps this past winter. The second phase of the project included installation of 15 additional heat pumps as well as 10 smart thermostats.

During the third and fin…

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August 14, 2017

Lancaster School completes LED lighting project

Receives rebate for more than half of project costs

Shannon Hunstad accepts a rebate check from Don Schuler

 

Thanks in part to a rebate from Otter Tail Power Company, the Lancaster School has finished removing all fluorescent and metal halide light fixtures, replacing them with low-watt LED fixtures.

While project costs were approximately $70,000, Otter Tail Power Company provided a rebate of $50,000 through the Minnesota Conservation Improvement Program (CIP) for this energy efficiency upgrade. Todd’s Electric in Kennedy completed the project. “LEDs last about seven times longer than metal hal…

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August 04, 2017

New report finds U.S. electric power industry supports more than 7 million American jobs

Service rep coming down from power pole

 

The electric power industry supports more than 7 million American jobs, equivalent to about 5 percent of all jobs in the United States, according to a detailed analysis of the role that electric companies play in the nation’s labor force and economy.

M.J. Bradley & Associates on August 2 released the report Powering America: The Economic and Workforce Contributions of the U.S. Electric Power Industry. They conducted the analysis for the Edison Electric Institute, the American Public Power Association, and the National Rural Electric C…

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June 13, 2017

We earned Emergency Recovery Award for restoration efforts after Christmas Day storm

storm repair

 

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) presented Otter Tail Power Company with the association’s Emergency Recovery Award for its outstanding restoration efforts after a snow and ice storm hit South Dakota on Christmas Day.

EEI presents the award twice annually to EEI member companies to recognize their extraordinary efforts to restore service to customers after severe weather conditions cause service disruptions. A panel of judges chose the winners following an international nomination process, and EEI presented the awards during their annual convention in Boston.

On Christmas Day freezing rain and high winds hit South Dakota. Mor…

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June 12, 2017

BSSE Transmission Line project using helicopters to assist in stringing conductor

 

Today the Big Stone South-Ellendale (BSSE) 345-kV Transmission Line project began using helicopters to assist in stringing conductor (transmission line) nine miles west of Big Stone City. The helicopters will work their way west toward Aberdeen, South Dakota, then northwest toward Ellendale, North Dakota. The project team expects to complete stringing in October 2018.

How stringing works

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June 08, 2017

Be prepared for summer storms

Water, blanket, radio, flashlight, batteries

 

Unpredictable summer storms can cause electrical outages. To help our customers and neighbors prepare for severe summer weather, Otter Tail Power Company has storm readiness information on our website at otpco.com. The information includes tips for developing a family disaster plan, suggestions for assembling a storm kit, and procedures to follow during a storm. We also suggest that customers follow us on Twitter for updates during significant outages.

Otter Tail Power Company Safety Services Manager Greg Overland advises residents and visitors in the area to keep ahead of storms by listening to …

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May 22, 2017

Otter Tail Power Company balances economic, community, and environmental commitments while navigating multi-year hydro relicensing process

Company to hold second voluntary open house in June

Hoot Lake Hydroelectric Plant in Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Otter Tail Power Company began the five-year process to relicense its five hydroelectric plants along the Otter Tail River in 2016. For more than a century the Fergus Falls community has grown and thrived alongside the plants. Dayton Hollow (1909), Hoot Lake (1914), Pisgah (1918), Wright/Central (1922), and Taplin Gorge/Friberg (1925) are valued for their longevity, reliability, and ability to create electricity from water, which is a renewable resource. The comp…

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April 21, 2017

Bemidji Fire Station #1 receives rebate for LED upgrade

David Hoefer accepts a rebate check from Roger Garton

 

Bemidji Fire Station #1 on 5th Street Northwest has a brighter look. They’ve converted all interior building lights to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.

Otter Tail Power Company provided a rebate of $2,500 for this energy efficiency upgrade.

“It’s encouraging to see our public service agencies leading our communities in efficiency.” -- Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representative Roger Garton.

The project included a retrofit of all interior lighting fixtures.…

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April 10, 2017

Otter Tail Corporation held its 107th Annual Meeting of Shareholders

Chief Financial Officer Kevin Moug presented the corporation's financial report to shareholders and guests.

On April 10 Otter Tail Corporation hosted 214 shareholders and guests at its Annual Meeting of Common Shareholders at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls. This was the corporation's 107th annual meeting. Represented by proxy or present in person were shareholders who held 81% of the corporation's total shares outstanding.

Chairman of the Board Nathan Partain conducted the business meeting, during which shareholders reelected John D. Erickson, Nathan I. Partain, and James B. Stake to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors. Shareholders also approved the a…

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March 28, 2017

Gerhardson assumes executive team role at Otter Tail Power Company

Bruce G. Gerhardson

Otter Tail Power Company President Tim Rogelstad announced today that Bruce Gerhardson will serve as director, regulatory affairs and compliance, effective immediately. In this role Gerhardson will provide leadership, set strategy, and manage all aspects of state regulatory affairs and state and federal compliance activities.

“Regulatory strategy and compliance are critical to our success as a regulated electric utility,” said Rogelstad. “Bruce has the experience, capability, and internal and external relationships to work through regulatory challenges and opportunities. I’m confident in his ability, and I welcome him to the executive …
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March 27, 2017

Otter Tail Power Company advances plans to add electricity generation from natural gas in South Dakota and wind in North Dakota

 

Otter Tail Power Company today announces plans to seek regulatory approvals to build a new gas-fired electricity-generating station in Deuel County, South Dakota, as part of its commitment to low-cost, reliable, and increasingly clean energy. Northwest of Astoria, at the intersection of the Northern Border Pipeline and the Big Stone South-to-Brookings County 345-kilovolt e…

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March 07, 2017

Central Cass Schools receives rebate for geothermal heating system

Central Cass Schools employees receive a rebate check from our company


Central Cass Schools received a $48,000 rebate from our company for upgrading to a new geothermal heating system.

In addition to the up-front rebate, the school will save approximately $59,000 in annual heating costs for upgrading the previous geothermal system to a new energy-efficient model, compared to a conventional electric heating system. “They also chose to install the new geothermal system on our off-peak Dual Fuel Rate instead of our standard electric rate, which will save them another $43,000 a year,” said Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Rep…

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March 03, 2017

Minnesota Public Utilities Commission grants increase in Otter Tail Power Company rates

Environmental technologies, infrastructure improvements, rising costs 

On March 2, 2017, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) granted Otter Tail Power Company a revenue increase to help pay for environmental technologies, infrastructure improvements, and rising costs associated with providing safe, reliable, environmentally responsible electricity.

Otter Tail Power Company asked permission from the MPUC, in its modified request, to increase rates by $14.6 million, or about 7.4 percent. While it will take time to calculate the dollar impact of the MPUC’s decisions on numerous and complex issues, the rate change will be less than the company requested.

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February 08, 2017

We added an electric vehicle to our fleet

Our company's new Chevy Volt

 

We added a Chevrolet Volt to our fleet this week. The hybrid electric vehicle operates on an electric charge and uses a gas-powered generator when the battery runs out.

One of our company’s energy experts, whose service area includes parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, will drive the Volt. “Electric vehicles have been available for more than a decade, and it’s becoming common to see them on the roads,” said Market Planning Manager Jason Grenier. “With customers’ growing interest in electric vehicles, we helped provide three electric vehicle charging stations in Bemidji…

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January 17, 2017

Our tips for buying and using portable electric space heaters

Graphic of electric space heater

 

During winter many people use portable heaters to add warmth to selected areas in their homes rather than increase thermostat settings. To help ensure efficiency and safety, Otter Tail Power Company offers these tips for buying and using portable electric space heaters.

  • Don't believe claims of added efficiency on overpriced electric space heaters. All electric space heaters operate at 100 percent efficiency. Because they convert all of the electricity they use to heat, they all are equally efficient. “Don’t fall victim to a scam,” says Senior Market Planning Specialist Theresa Drexler. “Electric room heaters that sell for several hundred dollars are not more energy efficient. Portable heater…
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January 10, 2017

Norman County East schools receive rebates for geothermal and lighting updates

Joe Pearson accepts a rebate check from Roger Garton

 

Two Norman County East schools received rebates from Otter Tail Power Company for upgrading to new energy-efficient technologies.

Norman County East Secondary School’s geothermal upgrade began with a phase one replacement of 13 heat pumps in the facility. The project will continue with phases two and three, replacing the remaining geothermal heat pumps throughout the school. “This is a timely upgrade of a well-designed a…

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December 12, 2016

The Falls Inn and Suites receives rebate for lighting upgrade

 

The Falls Inn and Suites in Fergus Falls turned their lighting upgrade into big savings when they received a $15,000 rebate from Otter Tail Power Company for making energy-efficient improvements to their outdoor and pool area lighting.

Using Otter Tail Power Company’s Commercial Lighting Retrofit program, The Falls Inn and Suites replaced its outdoor metal halide lighting with high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lights. “This part of the project was unique because The Falls Inn and Suites didn’t do a full fixture replacement but rather a bulb and ballast change out,” said Senior Commercial Industrial Representative Chris Waltz. “As a result, the light output remains the same, but energ…

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December 02, 2016

Red Lake Falls schools receive rebates for lighting and geothermal updates

 

Two Red Lake Falls schools received rebates from Otter Tail Power Company for upgrading to new energy-efficient technologies.

J. A. Hughes Elementary’s lighting project included installation of light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures, replacing fluorescent and metal halide lighting. “The school also installed occupancy sensors throughout most of building,” said Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representative Roger Garton. “This provides the ability for lights to shut off automatically in unoccupied areas.” Otter Tail Power Company provided rebates for each new light and occupancy sensor installed, totaling $17,750.

The geothermal heating system at Lafayette High School orig…

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November 29, 2016

Redden assumes vice president role at Otter Tail Power Company

 

Otter Tail Power Company President Tim Rogelstad announced today that Don Redden will serve as vice president, information technology, effective December 1. In this role Redden will be accountable for the company’s computer systems, applications, networking, telecommunication, cybersecurity, and data privacy. This role is in addition to his current role as vice president of information technology for Otter Tail Power Company’s parent, Otter Tail Corporation.

“Technology is integrated into nearly every aspect of our business, and it continues to advance rapidly,” said Rogelstad. “Don has the capability we need to work through the related challenges and opportunities at our company.”

Redden ha…

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November 22, 2016

Indian Health Service will save $25,500 annually with new conservation strategies

Cass Lake Indian Health Service received a $22,800 rebate for using Otter Tail Power Company’s Commercial Design Assistance (CDA) program to implement energy conservation strategies. The CDA program is an integrated process that puts energy efficiency at the forefront for new construction and remodeling projects.

The conservation tactics Cass Lake Indian Health Service (IHS) implemented will provide an estimated energy cost savings of $25,500 annually, resulting in a project payback of approximately 10 ½ years. “The most effective strategy for this project was lighting,” said Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representative Roger Garton. “In addition to en…

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November 17, 2016

Otter Tail Power Company announces purchase of new wind farm in North Dakota

Customers will receive approximately 28 percent of their energy from wind

Otter Tail Power Company signed agreements to purchase a 150-megawatt (MW) wind farm in southeastern North Dakota that EDF Renewable Energy will design and build in 2019. The company expects the project to cost more than $250 million and the wind farm to generate enough electricity to power more than 65,000 homes.

Identified as affordable, reliable resource

Otter Tail Power Company’s resource plan identifies the most affordable and reliable combination of energy resources for meeting its customers’ needs during the next 15 years.

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November 14, 2016

Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls received award for clean energy planning

 

The Minnesota Department of Commerce (DOC) named the cities of Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls, in partnership with our company, one of eight winners of the 2016 Clean Energy Community Award. The award recognizes community-based initiatives that support Minnesota’s clean energy goals by promoting energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable energy generation. The DOC recognized award winners on November 10 at the Clean Energy Community Awards Conference in Saint Paul.

Pelican Rapids and Fergus Falls were one of three winners that received special recognition in planning. Both communities renovated their wastewater treatment plants by pairing energy-efficient upgrades with rebates…

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November 14, 2016

New rebate program incentivizes public entities to generate solar energy

First Publicly Owned Property Solar installation at the new University of Minnesota-Crookston (UMC) Wellness Center.

Otter Tail Power Company’s new Publicly Owned Property Solar program, approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources in August, incentivizes public entities in Minnesota to generate their own solar energy by providing rebates for installation of qualifying solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. “Public entities typically don’t qualify for the 30 percent federal tax credit for installing solar PV systems,” said Otter Tail Power Company Market Planning Manager Jason Grenier. “So, approval of this program is an important step in making …

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November 10, 2016

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Tribal Justice Center reaps energy savings

 

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (LLBO) received a rebate from Otter Tail Power Company for incorporating energy efficiencies into its new Tribal Justice Center. Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representatives Ken Johnson and Roger Garton visited Cass Lake, Minnesota, to present the $27,207 rebate check to LLBO officials.

Johnson explained that the energy savings built into the center, combined with our company's rebate incentive, results in a payback period of approximately four years. “It’s an additional cost up front, but it does pay for itself,” said Johnson to the Cass Lake Times. LLBO Construction Manager Frank Schaaf was pleased with the results. “It worked out better th…

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October 24, 2016

First University Heights building qualifies for $17,800 rebate

 

JT Properties, LLC, owner of the first University Heights apartment building near Bemidji State University (BSU), received a $17,800 rebate for using Otter Tail Power Company’s Commercial Design Assistance (CDA) program during the building’s design and construction. The CDA program is an integrated process that puts energy efficiency at the forefront for new construction.

The four-story, 27,000-square-foot building is the first stage of a 15-year project on the 11-acre property that formerly housed Bemidji High School. It was designed and constructed in partnership with BSU for off-campus student housing and is 100 percent occupied with students.

The new energy-efficient building will save 3…

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September 15, 2016

Enemy Swim Day School partners with us to save with lighting upgrade

lightbulb

 

Enemy Swim Day School earned a rebate check for more than $4,200 from Otter Tail Power Company for an energy-efficient lighting upgrade.

In addition to the rebate, the school will save approximately $4,000 a year in energy costs. “And with that savings, this project should be paid back in just over five years,” said Otter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representative Brad Nelson.

The school replaced all of its outdoor metal halide lighting with high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) lights. LEDs use less energy and last longer, decreasing maintenance costs. LEDs also provide a bright, white light for nighttime use. “We’ve received clean, crisp illumination and coverage. Our l…

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September 15, 2016

Sisseton High School receives $49,450 rebate for lighting upgrades

LED lightbulb

 

Sisseton High School earned a rebate check for $49,450 from Otter Tail Power Company for their recent lighting upgrade. In total, the Sisseton School District has used our company’s South Dakota Energy Efficiency Plan to receive more than $105,000 for district-wide upgrades over the past several years.

In the recent lighting retrofit, the district replaced T12 fluorescent and high-wattage metal halide fixtures with high-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED). LEDs use less energy and last longer than most bulbs while providing a bright, white light. With an expected annual savings of $18,000, the lighting project will be paid off in less than five years.

“LEDs have an expected life of ten…

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September 12, 2016

Otter Tail Telcom receives lighting project rebate from Otter Tail Power Company

 

Otter Tail Telcom earned a rebate check for $6,300 from Otter Tail Power Company for their recent lighting project. Although the project cost $8,400, Otter Tail Telcom’s $6,300 rebate through our company’s Minnesota Conservation Improvement Program means they’ll be able to pay back the project fully in under a year.

Otter Tail Telcom switched from 4,100-degree Kelvin color temperature bulbs to 5,000-degree Kelvin color temperature bulbs. They’re now saving 77,600 kilowatt-hours and $6,400 annually—and using fewer bulbs, too. The building’s existing 4-lamp fixtures used 32-watt T8 bulbs with a 4,100-degree Kelvin color temperature. Actual light output was 7,200 total lumens,…

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September 02, 2016

Lake Region Healthcare teams up with Otter Tail Power Company for long-term energy savings

 

Lake Region Healthcare partnered with Otter Tail Power Company to implement energy conservation strategies throughout its main clinic expansion project. As a result, they will realize significant savings in long-term energy and maintenance costs.

Using Otter Tail Power Company’s Commercial Design Assistance (CDA) program, Lake Region Healthcare and its design team received guidance in evaluating potential energy-saving options for the new three-story 80,000-square-foot Fergus Falls clinic, which opened in December 2015. “What continually impressed me throughout this process were the commitment and openness of Lake Region Healthcare and its design team to incorpora…

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September 01, 2016

BSSE Transmission Line project kicks off construction

BSSE construction kickoff presentation speakers

Line will improve reliability, increase capacity, support renewable energy and local businesses

Today the 163-mile Big Stone South-Ellendale (BSSE) 345-kilovolt transmission line project kicked off construction during an event in Webster, South Dakota. Almost 100 people attended, including state regulatory and legislative officials, wind industry and contractor representatives, county and township chairs, and city and tribal representati…

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July 27, 2016

New electric vehicle charging stations available in Bemidji

 

Bemidji now has three electric vehicle charging stations available to city residents and visitors. The city of Bemidji, Bemidji State University, North Country Electrical Services, Inc., and our company partnered to provide the charging stations and related equipment.

Drivers easily can recognize all three of the Level 2 32-Amp charging stations with signage and painted parking spaces. You’ll find them in the:

  • Paul Bunyan Park parking lot at 300 Bemidji Avenue North.
  • City Hall parking lot at 317 4th Street Northwest.
  • Bemidji State University Bangsberg lot off Birchmont Drive Northeast, between Lake Boulevard Northeast and 12th Street.

The charging stations at Paul Bunyan Park and City H…

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June 01, 2016

We proposed adding new wind, solar, and natural gas resources over next five years

Wind farm with wind turbines

 

On June 1 we filed our 2017-2031 Resource Plan with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission. By June 15 the we'll file the plan with the North Dakota Public Service Commission and South Dakota Public Utilities Commission. “Our resource plan identifies the most cost-effective combination of resources for meeting our customers’ needs for reliable service during the next 15 years,” said Brian Draxten, manager, resourc…

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April 05, 2016

Hydroelectric plants along Otter Tail River up for relicensing

Dayton Hollow hydroelectric dam

 

The license for our five hydroelectric plants along the Otter Tail River will expire on November 30, 2021. We'll hold a public open house on April 18 as one of our first steps in the five-year Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) relicensing process.

About the plants

The hydroelectric plants up for relicensing include:

  • Dayton Hollow
  • Hoot Lake
  • Pisgah
  • Taplin Gorge (Friberg)
  • Wright (Central)

The plants generate approximately…

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February 17, 2016

Our programs help Kenny’s Candy and Tuffy’s Pet Foods realize significant energy savings

 

We partnered with Kenny’s Candy and Tuffy’s Pet Foods, both divisions of KLN Family Brands, on several energy-efficiency factory upgrades.

Kenny’s Candy participated in our Industrial Process Efficiency program, starting with an energy audit to discover the most cost-effective projects. Energy-efficiency improvements, which will save 1.4 million kilowatt-hours and $105,000 of electricity annually, include:

  • High-efficiency light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures throughout the plant. LEDs last about four times longer than metal halide fixtures and twice as long as fluorescents, resulting in a significant reduction in maintenance costs as well as electricity use. The new…
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February 16, 2016

We filed a rate case in Minnesota

Image of downtown Battle Lake, MN

 

Today we filed a request with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) for permission to increase our rates. The proposed increase reflects our investments in new environmental technologies and a stronger system that delivers electricity to our customers paired with overall rising costs.

“While we’ve been diligent in managing expenses and selecting low-cost options to meet customer needs, the cost of providing service is more than we’re able to recover through our current rates, which went into effect in 2011 based on 2009 costs,” said Tim Rogelstad, Otter Tail Power Company president. “With customers in mind, we’ve been innovative so that the price they pay for clean, reliable electricity…

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December 29, 2015

Big Stone Plant’s new air-quality control system is complete

Big Stone Plant AQCS

 

Today the three companies that own Big Stone Plant—our company, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co., and NorthWestern Energy—announced that the plant’s new air-quality control system (AQCS) is commercially operational, meaning the project is complete and the system is reducing emissions in compliance with new federal and state regulations.

Balancing environmental stewardship with cost-effective service

The three-year $384 million project h…

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