Hermann receives MoPEP grant for electric company upgrades

MPUA Vice President Ewell Lawson presents a check for $100,229 to Mayor Bob Koerber on behalf of the City of Hermann, for upgrades to the electric infrastructure.

 

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JOHN BUCKNER

Editor

 

The City of Hermann won another grant. This time it was a check for $100,229 from 

the Mo. Public Energy Pool (MoPEP), the utility coop that buys electricity for the City. 

Representing the Missouri Public Utility Alliance (MPUA), a trade group made up of the Mo. Association of Municipal Utilities, the Mo. Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission and the Municipal Gas Commission of Mo., was Vice President Ewell Lawson, who attended last week’s Board of Alderman meeting to make the formal presentation.

He said the grant is a part of the MoPEP Power Infrastructure Modernization Grant Program. The money will be put towards the cost of improvements to Hermann’s electric distribution system, including the recent purchase of a new transformer for one of the sub stations (see this week’s story “Hermann’s utilities in the black, two years running”).

Mr. Lawson said upgrades like this enhance the credit worthiness of the MPUA organization who just re-financed a billion dollars in bonds, so grants like this create a win-win situation.

MPUA President and General Manager Duncan Kincheloe said, “Electric distribution projects like this one contribute to making the entire MoPEP partnership more reliable and efficient.”

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