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Join Us to Celebrate Public Power Week in Moorhead
Release Date: Friday, September 30, 2016


Contact Information:

Bill Schwandt, General Manager

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Ribbon-Cuttings and Open House on Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Moorhead Public Service (MPS) is celebrating Public Power Week, October 2-8, 2016, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 48 million Americans.

“Public Power Week celebrates the reliable, affordable electricity that Moorhead Public Service provides to our community,” said MPS’ General Manager Bill Schwandt. “Public power puts the people of Moorhead first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens.”

“Our service is reliable and safe and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” said Schwandt. “Moorhead Public Service is proud to have served Moorhead for over 120 years.”

MPS invites the community to attend the following Public Power Week events on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, in Moorhead:

4:30 pm -- Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at MPS’ Capture The Sun® Community Solar Project (Phase 2)

MPS recently completed Phase 2 of the Capture The Sun® Community Solar Garden Project at 2200 28th Street North, Moorhead (between MPS’ existing wind turbines).

5:00-6:30 pm -- Ribbon-Cutting/Open House/Cook-Out at MPS’ New High Service Pumping Station

Recently, construction was completed on MPS’ new High Service Pumping Station and Yard Piping Project (HSPS Project). The HSPS Project replaced MPS’ four existing 1950s distribution pumps with four new variable frequency drive (VFD) pumps. The new HSPS is capable of 20 MGD output and seamless pump changes—a major improvement from the previous 1950s pumps. The HSPS Project also included a 1.3‑megawatt (MW) natural gas generator with an automatic switchover to provide emergency backup power supply for the HSPS, Water Treatment Plant (WTP), and Dispatch/Operations Center, in addition to performing curtailment during load management. The HSPS Project included creation of a partial 24-inch pipe loop around the new HSPS and WTP, which has effectively reduced maximum day head losses to below American Water Works Association’s recommended standard for peak day flows. Construction on the project took approximately two years to complete and the pumping station began operation in February 2016.

Please join us for a cook-out at the High Service Pumping Station at 307 Highway 75 North. (Please park your vehicle between MPS’ Water Treatment Plant and MPS’ Dispatch/Operations Center, which facilities are located just north of Buffalo Wild Wings – enter the parking area from Highway 75).

Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The association represents not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities that power homes, businesses, and streets in nearly 2,000 towns and cities—serving 48 million Americans. With no divided loyalties, these utilities are focused on a single mission—providing reliable electricity at a reasonable price, while protecting the environment. More at


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