News Release
Jan. 05, 1999

WPPI and DukeSolutions To Undertake Energy Projects

Wisconsin Public Power Inc. (WPPI) and DukeSolutions, Inc., announced today that they have entered into a comprehensive agreement to jointly evaluate the development and implementation of energy projects for major industrial customers served by WPPI member cities. Through the agreement WPPI and DukeSolutions will also evaluate broader services and agreements to enhance the competitiveness of WPPI and its member cities in serving their major industrial customers.

WPPI is a municipal electric company, headquartered in Sun Praire, Wisconsin, owned by 30 Wisconsin municipalities that operate distribution electric utilities. These community-owned utilities supply electricity to over 100,000 Wisconsin homes and businesses and purchase all of their electric requirements from WPPI.

DukeSolutions, Inc., headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Duke Energy, one of the world’s largest energy companies. With twenty-six offices throughout the United States and Canada, DukeSolutions is a leading provider in the end-user energy services market, serving industrial, major commercial, institutional, and governmental businesses and organizations.

Together, WPPI and DukeSolutions will evaluate the potential for development of cogeneration facilities at certain WIPPI member customer sites, examine the feasibility of other distributed generation projects, and undertake efficiency and productivity analyses for major customers. The two companies have agreed to implement these projects over the next six months and will also evaluate the benefits of pursuing an expanded long-term relationship.

"WPPI is very pleased with the agreement we have reached with DukeSolutions, a leader in the end-user energy services market," said Roy Thilly, WPPI’s chief executive officer. "We believe that WPPI’s relationship with DukeSolutions will enable us and our member cities to provide major industrial customers with unparalleled energy services and resource opportunities. WPPI and our member cities have long recognized that partnering with industrial customers to enhance their efficiencies and productivity is essential to ensure their global competitiveness. Selecting DukeSolutions allows us to achieve enhanced capabilities and helps prepare us for the energy market of the 21st century."

"We are especially proud to be working with one of the most respected and well run municipally-owned electric utilities in the country," said Charles L. Watkins, President of DukeSolutions. "We look forward to providing value-added solutions to large energy users in cooperation with WPPI and its member cities. Clearly, we see the chance to work with WIPPI as an opportunity for our organizations to create new standards for energy services, energy innovations, and delivery capabilities that can directly benefit large energy users’ bottom line performance.

The 30 communities that own WPPI include: Algoma, Black River Falls, Boscobel, Cedarburg, Columbus, Cuba City, Eagle River, Florence, Hartford, Hustisford, Jefferson, Kaukauna, Lake Mills, Lodi, Menasha, Muscoda, New Holstein, New London, New Richmond, Oconomowoc, River Falls, Slinger, Sturgeon Bay, Sun Praire, Two Rivers, Waterloo, Waunakee, Waupun, Wesby and Whitehall.

Contact: Roy Thilly
Phone: (608) 837-2653
24 Hour Phone: (704) 382-8333
Contact: Randy Wheeless
Phone: (704) 382-8379
24 Hour Phone: (704) 382-8333