'Municipal Electric Utilities Across the United States: Trends, Case Studies and Mythbusting'

LeAnne Sinclair, director of customer programs for the American Public Power Association, will speak on "Municipal Electric Utilities Across the United States: Trends, Case Studies and Mythbusting," at the next Decorah Power Learning Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Valders Hall of Science Room 362 on the Luther College campus.

Sinclair will also talk at a brown bag lunch at noon Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Decorah City Hall. Both presentations are a part of the Decorah Power Fall Learning Series and are open to the public with no charge for admission.

With the support of the Decorah City Council, local citizens group Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately raised funds to explore the creation of a Municipal Electric Utility in Decorah. The MEU would be a locally owned, city utility providing electricity services in the same way it provides water and sewer services. According to Decorah Power, there are 2,011 municipal electric utilities in the U.S., 136 of which are in Iowa. Iowa also has 44 rural electric cooperatives.

The American Public Power Association works with not-for-profit community-owned utilities to protect their interests before the federal government by providing advice on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations. The association works to protect the 49 million people served by public power utilities, the 93,000 employees and 2,000 towns and cities served by the public utilities.

Sinclair works with the utilities, communities and stakeholders during sellout/buyout and municipalization situations. She also provides educational content and programing to help electric industry employees keep pace with the evolving technology, regulations and consumer needs.

The Decorah Power Learning Series is designed to educate the community on the opportunities and challenges in creating a Municipal Electric Utility in Decorah. The feasibility study is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Luther College has pledged $15,000 toward the study.

For more information about Decorah Power and the other Decorah Power Fall Learning Series events, visit www.decorahpower.org.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.