Twelve MRES member utilities recognized for reliable electric service to their communities

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Twelve member utilities that are members of Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) have earned national recognition for achieving exceptional electric reliability in 2018. Certificates of Excellence in Reliability were awarded by the American Public Power Association (, a trade organization that represents more than 2,000 not-for-profit, community-owned electric utilities.

The Association helps member municipal utilities track power outage and restoration data through its subscription-based eReliability Tracker service and then compares the data to national statistics tracked by the U.S. Energy Information Administration for all types of electric utilities.

The following MRES member public power utilities outperformed the electric industry national average for reliability:

Benson, Minnesota, Municipal Utilities

Melrose, Minnesota, Public Utilities

Henning, Minnesota, Power and Light

Olivia, Minnesota, Municipal Utilities

Hutchinson, Minnesota, Utilities Commission

Ortonville, Minnesota, Municipal Utilities

Jackson, Minnesota, Municipal Utilities

Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Public Utilities

Luverne, Minnesota Municipal Utilities

Watertown, South Dakota, Municipal Utilities

Marshall, Minnesota, Municipal Utilities

Willmar, Minnesota, Municipal Utilities

Electric reliability is measured using four different metrics. The 2018 results for these 12 utilities were significantly better than those of other types of utilities in the region in every category.

“This recognition demonstrates public power’s exceptional reliability,” said MRES CEO Tom Heller. “It is a testament to the hard work of line workers in each of these communities to ensure that the lights stay on for all of their customers. Reliable electric service is a top priority for MRES and every member.”

For more information, contact Member Services and Communications Director Joni Livingston at Missouri River Energy Services, phone: 605-261-3637 or email: