Otter Tail Power Company installs first electric vehicle fast charger along major stretch of I-94

Otter Tail Power Company recently installed a 50-kilowatt (kW) electric vehicle fast charger, commonly known as a direct current (DC) fast charger, in downtown Fergus Falls, Minnesota. This fast charger is the first along a 200-mile major corridor of the I-94 Interstate between Monticello and Moorhead, Minnesota, and is compatible with all electric vehicle models. The company also installed two 7-kW Level 2 chargers at the location.

“Community partnerships made these installations possible,” said Otter Tail Power Company Market Planning Manager Jason Grenier. “To ensure our co…

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Otter Tail Power Company launches new sustainability website

Otter Tail Power Company's new sustainability website, otpsustainability.com, is live. This interactive and mobile-friendly site is a one-stop shop for the whats, whens, and whys driving the company’s sustainability. It supplements its customer-focused website, otpco.com.

The purpose of sustainability reporting is to illustrate a company’s commitment to the environment, economy, and communities it serves and its governance practices.

"Every day we work to ensure we can continue to supply our customers with an essential service," said Otter Tail Power Company President Tim Rogelstad. "It’s important that our custo…

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Construction begins on two Otter Tail Power Company energy facilities, sets stage for energy future

Otter Tail Power Company marked a major milestone in the future of its generation resources with two projects that recently began construction. The Merricourt Wind Energy Center is a 150-megawatt (MW) wind generation facility in southeast North Dakota. Astoria Station is a 245-MW simple-cycle natural gas combustion turbine in east central South Dakota.

30 percent trajectories: increased renewable energy, reduced emissions, nationally low rates

The Merricourt Wind Energy Center and Astoria Station are part of the company’s commitment to low-cost, reliable, and increasingly cl…

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163-mile Big Stone South to Ellendale Transmission Line energized

On February 5 crews from co-owners Otter Tail Power Company and Montana-Dakota Utilities, Co., energized the 163-mile, 345-kV Big Stone South-Ellendale (BSSE) Transmission Line after eight years of planning and three years of construction. The $215 million line extends from the Big Stone South Substation near Big Stone City, South Dakota, to the Ellendale Substation near Ellendale, North Dakota.

"The team completed construction on time, under budget, and with a stellar safety record," said Project Manager Al Koeckeritz from Otter Tail Power Company. “I’d like to extend a special thanks to communities and res…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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