About Us

The Manitowoc water tower

Manitowoc Public Utilities (MPU) is a municipality-owned electric and water utility serving approximately 17,800 accounts in the City of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The Utility employs approximately 110 full time employees.

The Utility is directed by a General Manager, who in turn reports to the Public Utility Commission. This Commission is comprised of seven members:

– The Mayor of Manitowoc

– A member of the Finance Committee

– And five appointed citizens

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Our Partners

Great Lakes Utilities MPU is a member of the Great Lakes Utilities (GLU), a municipal electric company created to obtain low cost and reliable electric power for its members. The goal of GLU is to achieve better rates for member customers by pooling needs and utilizing group purchasing power. By creating a power supply portfolio

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Facility Tours

With advance notice, Manitowoc Public Utilities will provide educational tours of its Power Plant, Water Treatment Plant, and Wastewater Treatment Facility. These tours can be tailored for adults or students and can include a classroom lecture or just a tour of the facility. While touring the facility, appropriate dress, which includes long pants, closed-toed walking

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Donation Policy

MPU is a community-owned utility providing water, wastewater treatment, electric, steam and hot water, and dark fiber services. The Commission recognizes that these safe and cost-effective utility services are essential quality of life services. MPU providing these services makes our community stronger and attractive to our current and prospective citizens and businesses. The Commission recognizes

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A photograph from about 1954 of the Manitowoc Public Utilities facilities shot from above

The origins of Manitowoc Public Utilities date back to 1889, just ten years after the incandescent electric light bulb was invented by Thomas Edison. In that year, the City’s aldermen decided to seek contractors to provide electric power to the City, and the contract was awarded to local businessman John Schuette. He constructed the Electric

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Public Utilities Commission

Manitowoc Public Utilities is directed by a General Manager who in turn reports to the Public Utilities Commission.

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Hours & Location

The MPU business office is open 8AM to 4:30PM Monday through Friday for customers. The office is closed for the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Friday before Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. General Business Office Address: 1303 South 8th St

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Strategic Plan

MPU is pleased to share with you our five year Strategic Plan! The 2019 – 2023 plan builds upon the successes of prior plans with continued focus on reliability, organizational development, fiscal responsibility, stakeholder relationships, adoption of new technologies as appropriate and monitoring key industry changes. In addition, this plan is designed to proactively identify

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