May 24, 2023

Providing power around the clock

Hard work, magic, or a bit of both?

When you hear the word reliable you may think of someone who plays a steady role in your life, like your spouse, best friend, or furry family member. Perhaps the make of your vehicle comes to mind. Or maybe the brand of cell phone you wouldn’t dare switch from. But what about a service like electricity?

Depending on electricity
When Mother Nature swirls by to remind us that we’re not invincible, reliable electric service becomes incredibly important. Necessities we often take for granted—charged electronics, working lights, running water, edible food, and heated homes—suddenly become big things. Despite blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, thunderstorms, and high winds, it’s our job to keep your power on.

But reliability is much more than storm repairs.

In a perfect world we’d never have an outage. But that’s unrealistic. What is realistic is working to catch issues before they become problems to help prevent outages.

That’s where our employees step in and work their magic.

Improving reliability one plan at a time
A lot of engineering is balancing performance to meet your expectations at the lowest cost possible. We do that by monitoring our systems, looking for trends, and analyzing data to make plans. Plans that include replacing insulators and poles, trimming trees, and upgrading conductors across our 70,000-square-mile, three-state service area.

Just like your vehicle or cell phone isn’t guaranteed to never break down, it’s not guaranteed that you’ll never experience an interruption to your electric service. But our goal is to do whatever we can to keep those experiences limited.

People you can count on
Any company can provide electricity, but at Otter Tail Power it’s the people who provide it that sets us apart. Each one of our employees works hard to keep your power on. From those braving the elements during outages to those carefully monitoring and maintaining our systems, we strive to be reliable—much like that steady person in your life.

You’re the reason we do what we do. And we wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s why what we do matters so much to us. One might even say it’s magical.

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