On Wednesday, April 24th, Katie Abraham, the newly appointed executive director of the Michigan Municipal Electric Association (MMEA), stopped by the LL&P office to visit with staff members. The MMEA is Michigan’s trade group for electric municipalities and offers different services including legal assistance, semi-annual conferences, education seminars with training, and communication services. LL&P is one of 40 member municipalities within the MMEA, and staff was very appreciative that Katie was able to visit the office.
The new regulator station for long term natural gas supply was successfully installed in December of 2018, now allowing LL&P to run the combustion turbines with no restrictions. With the new station in place, and a portion of the building removed, LL&P will also be installing a chain-lined privacy fence around the structure on the south side of the building. The new fence should be set up within the next month!
The lane re-configuration at Main Street (M-21) at Broadway was scheduled to be done by today, Thursday Oct. 25. However, unanticipated delays now mean work will continue during Friday, Oct. 26, with work starting up again at 8 a.m. Monday Oct. 29 with completion expected by the afternoon of Oct. 30. No weekend work is anticipated.
LL&P is excited to celebrate Public Power Week with the community of Lowell from October 7th-October 13th. Stop by our office all week long for our LED Nightlight Giveaway as well as free cider, donuts, popcorn and balloons. Receive a free gift when you round up your monthly bill or donate $5 towards the A PLUS fund. For the conclusion of Public Power Week, stop by our office for Lowell’s Annual Harvest Celebration. LL&P will be providing free hot dogs, chips and a beverage! You can also ride our energy bike and play a game of cornhole. For more information about Public Power Week, please visit www.publicpower.org.
On Tuesday, July 24th, Steven Donkersloot, General Manager of Lowell Light & Power, appeared on Wood TV8’s eightWest as a part of their segment, “Explore the City of Lowell.” During his interview, a variety of topics were discussed including LL&P’s RP3 Diamond Award and what makes Lowell Light & Power so unique. Please click the link below to view the full interview.
Wood TV 8 Interview
One of Lowell Light & Power’s goals is to keep our power lines free of hazards that may cause potential power loss for our customers, and that includes trimming trees. Our Board of Directors recently adopted a policy for tree trimming on private property, and for the safety of our line crew and our customers, this waiver must be signed before any tree trimming maintenance can begin on the property. If you would like more information on this policy, please click here. If you have any questions regarding this matter, please call our office. You will find a printable version of the tree trimming waiver below.
On Monday April 30th, Lowell Light & Power received the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Diamond Award for providing reliable and safe electric service. This prestigious award was received at the American Public Power Association’s Engineering and Operations Technical Conference during the Lineworker’s Rodeo in Raleigh, NC. LL&P was one of 118 public power utilities to receive this award. Pictured from Lowell Light & Power are General Manager Steven Donkersloot, Board Chairman Perry Beachum, and RP3 Panel Member Tom Russo along with Neil James, Chair of the RP3 Review Panel, and Mike Hyland, Senior Vice President of Engineering Services at APPA.
A portion of the Lowell Light & Power staff traveled to Wake Forest, NC this past weekend for the annual Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo. The LL&P team consisted of Mark Droog, Zac Walker & Steve Shade along with Lineman Apprentice Rich Mutschler. They competed in different events with numerous lineworkers from across the country. Here are a few photos capturing the fun throughout the weekend!
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