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Eveleth presents electric report

Electric distribution & generation department supports many city functions

March 22, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

Mitch Eveleth, electric utility superintendent for the city of Estherville, presented his annual report at Monday evening's city council meeting.

Eveleth said city electric workers have finished installing the main service into the new Iowa Lakes Community College Performing Arts Addition.

"Once weather breaks and work progresses, we will be ready to provide service without worrying about spring problems of mud and accessibility," he said.

Eveleth said the city has installed over 100 LED streetlights of 48 watts to replace 100 watt, high-pressure sodium lights.

Each light represents a 50 percent savings in electrical usage while providing no maintenance costs with a five-year warranty.

"On average, we would replace a standard HPS bulb two to three times in a five-year period," Eveleth said.

The conversion to LED is on tract to be completed by 2020, Eveleth said.

"We also completed the river trail lighting. This project has had a lot of positive feedback and is used by many," Eveleth said.

Also in 2017, the department did 911 Iowa One Call locates, a service for property owners to locate underground utilities before digging. This was at a cost of $824.20, virtually identical to 2016. The department also approved 65 building permits in 2017.

Eveleth reported the city's purchase of power from the Iowa Lakes Community College wind turbine, located south of the college campus. In 2017, the city purchased 4,436,116 kilowatt hours from the wind turbine for a cost of $252,636.81.



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