Pharos-Tribune

Breaking News

Opinion

February 17, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Standing behind power agency

— My name is Steve Miller, and I am the power and light superintendent at Frankfort Municipal Utilities (FMU), a member of the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA). At one time, we were one of only a handful of utilities in Indiana with a local generation facility. Our community made the difficult decision during the 1970s to close our power plant in order to financially save our utility and better serve our customers. While the decision was not an easy one, we made the best decision we could for our community and electric customers.

Through our membership in IMPA, FMU and our customers have maintained a sense of reliability and security in our power supply. IMPA serves 59 communities in Indiana, which means FMU is part of a larger group of utilities working together to secure power resources. By working together, we are able to do more than we would be able to individually. IMPA currently has some the lowest wholesale electric rates in the state, which greatly contributes to Frankfort’s low electric rates as well. IMPA’s power supply portfolio consists of coal, natural gas, nuclear, and wind generation, as well as energy efficiency initiatives designed to lower the demand for electricity in its municipal communities. By relying on a variety of resources, rather than one single facility, IMPA mitigates the fluctuation of costs that can greatly affect power rates. IMPA’s diverse portfolio, coupled with the agency’s participation in proven, reliable technologies, helps to ensure we and the other IMPA members maintain stable rates for our customers now and well into the future. Additionally, IMPA’s ownership in the Joint Transmission System along with its membership in the Midwest ISO and PJM, the regional transmission operators, provides reliable, equitable transmission access.

Today, FMU is a reliable utility provider with some of the lowest retail rates in the state of Indiana.

While closing our plant was not an easy decision, we have come through on the other side a stronger and stable utility. Through our membership in IMPA, we have been able to provide electricity to our customers reliably and economically. I wish Logansport Municipal Utilities good luck in their pursuit of a long-term power supply so that their customers, too, can enjoy economic power and reliable service.

Steve Miller, Frankfort

For more on this story and other local news, subscribe to The Pharos-Tribune eEdition, or our print edition

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • THEIR VIEW: Littering shows disregard for surroundings Numbers tell a sad story about the disregard many Hoosiers have for their surroundings. Too many in Indiana don't care enough about the environment to prevent them from cluttering the countryside by carelessly tossing litter along the side of roadway

    April 18, 2014

  • WOLFSIE: High-tech got you down? I love where I bank. It's a branch inside of a big supermarket. I can make a modest withdrawal and then go and blow every last penny in the cookie aisle. The tellers at the window appreciate me. They know about my obsession with round numbers and und

    April 18, 2014

  • PETERS: Grizzly bear may help human medicine I've gained 5 pounds since last summer. My body mass index (BMI) is still fine, but I need to stop gaining to keep it that way. Grizzly bears put my weight gain to shame. In the late summer, they eat some 50,000 calories per day and gain more than 1

    April 18, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Lawmakers fail to act on the issue After several years of fretting over Indiana's ongoing methamphetamine problem, the Indiana General Assembly continues to struggle for a solution. The issue seems to come up every session, given that Indiana leader the nation in meth lab seizures. Bu

    April 17, 2014

  • WILLIAMS: Feelings of the flowers I took one of those fun tests on Facebook to see what kind of flower I am and lo and behold, it said I was an orchid! That is so wrong because I have always thought I was the exact opposite of an orchid. I'd characterize myself as a daisy. You know,

    April 17, 2014

  • HAMILTON: Government as innovator? You bet! Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it's down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reas

    April 17, 2014

  • PARKER: It's time to take a joke, America In selecting Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman as host of the "Late Show," CBS has waged war on America's Heartland -- or so proclaims that Palm Beach font of heartland mirth, Rush Limbaugh. Don't you believe it, Heartlanders. But wait, ther

    April 16, 2014

  • THEIR VIEW: Constitutional convention won't work today There seems to be a growing idea that we need a Constitutional convention. That, of course, is the other way to change the Constitution. Amendments have been used 27 times to make changes, ranging from limiting the president's term of office to the d

    April 16, 2014

  • KITCHELL: Forum about adding answers, subtracting questions A week from tonight, Logansport residents and those outside Logansport who purchase electricity from the Logansport Municipal Utilities will have a chance to find out some things for themselves. A free forum at McHale Performing Arts Center will feat

    April 16, 2014

  • PUBLIC FORUM: The people are losing control of its government The people are losing control of government President Obama and progressive Democrats and Republicans are changing the landscape of our country by bypassing our Constitution and what our forefathers fought and gave their lives for. Their philosophy c

    April 16, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should e-cigarette marketing be regulated like tobacco?

Yes
No
Unsure
     View Results
Featured Ads
AP Video
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.