MP&W's electric utility boasts an incredible 99.99% reliability rating.
MP&W is the largest municipal electric utility in Iowa. We provide power to Muscatine residents, businesses, and industries, and sell our excess capacity to wholesale markets and other utilities across the nation. Generating our own electricity and selling our excess capacity helps us control costs and maintain rates that are among the lowest in Iowa – and significantly lower than the national average. We have a generating nameplate capacity of 293.55 MW.
Owning and operating our own power plant helps ensure that MP&W is able to provide reliable, safe, and cost-effective electrical service. While the Electric Utility purchases and sells energy through participation in the Midcontinent Independent System Operators (MISO) market, local generation means that customers are not entirely dependent on another company’s ability to get power to the community. Local generation also means that the Utility has more control over the power supply costs versus a Utility that purchases power through a power supply contract. Having a level of control over reliability and production costs is very important for the financial stability of MP&W’s customer-owners.
One notable result of the Electric Utility’s continual attention to reliability was a prestigious award from the APPA which designated MP&W as a Diamond Level Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3). The Diamond designation is the highest level RP3 award a public power utility can achieve; the designation recognizes electric utilities that have demonstrated excellence in Reliability, Safety, System Improvement, and Workforce Development.
In addition, MP&W was named Small Power Plant of the Year in 2011 by the Powder River Basin (PRB) coal users’ group. Since that time, MP&W has taken advantage of networking opportunities through PRB to learn, share, and apply best practices to our processes.