MUSCATINE, IOWA-Oct. 3 through 9, Muscatine Power & Water and the approximately 2,000 other municipal utility companies across the country will celebrate Public Power Week. For a little more than a week, Muscatine Power & Water will celebrate their dedication to serving the community and connect with the customers that drive their work.
As a public utility company, Muscatine Power & Water focuses on providing reliable electric, water, and telecommunication services at affordable rates while also striving to add more sustainable energy options to their portfolio and maintaining the flexibility needed to embrace new technologies. In addition to providing quality services, they also aim to maintain good customer relations by offering local customer service. “We’re always customer focused because it’s local control,” said Marketing and Sales Manager Mitch Zytnowski.
Throughout Public Power Week, Muscatine Power & Water employees will give back to the community in several ways. On Oct. 4, Muscatine Power & Water’s employees will adopt a day at MCSA by covering their main facility’s utility costs for an entire day. An internal fundraiser organized this year by Sarah Wienke, Neal Nelson, and Kim Kirby, all of the money comes directly from employee donations and not from ratepayers. At the end of the week, on Oct. 6, employees from MP&W will participate in the Healthiest State Walk, highlighting the importance of staying active. They will also collect spare change among themselves to give to Project Share, a Muscatine Power & Water program that accepts donations from the public and gives them to Community Action of Eastern Iowa to help them provide utilities assistance to people in need.
Because many of Muscatine Power & Water’s employees live in Muscatine themselves, the human resources department will take some time to celebrate them as well. One day, all employees will get to have cupcakes to celebrate the important role they play in making public power possible. “The HR department really has tried to bring it home,” observed Zytnowski.
The following week, Muscatine Power & Water will extend the excitement of Public Power Week further by inviting the public to their Powering the Future open house Oct. 14 at 3205 Cedar Street. Between 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Muscatine Power & Water encourages people to come out and talk with them about their Powering the Future initiative, which includes adding a solar field to their energy generation portfolio and replacing their current coal fired generation station with an combined heat and power natural gas power plant. Additionally, customers may ask about other topics too, such as the process to install rooftop solar at their home or business or the rebates available for purchasing new electric vehicles.
“What I’m looking forward to most is bringing people in and letting them meet senior leadership,” shared Customer and Technology Experience Director Erika Cox. Through events like the open house, Cox feels people will realize just how often they see Muscatine Power & Water leaders throughout the community and feel comfortable asking them questions about their plans for the future, something she feels, “epitomizes the benefit of public power.”
As an additional benefit, open house attendees may also go and see the Grandview Wellfield, where Muscatine Power & Water plans to build their new solar array. Guests may take a bus out to the site at 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.