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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 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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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 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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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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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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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 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

“Using helicopters to assist i…

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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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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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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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