Press Release: Lowell Light & Power Celebrates Public Power Week

We received the following press release from Lowell Light & Power.  Also, read about The Tale of the Power Pole which we published this summer.  

Public Power Week 2019


Lowell, MI, October 7, 2019 – Lowell Light & Power is celebrating Public Power Week Oct. 6-12, along with more than 2,000 other community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans.

“We are proud to be community powered,” said Lowell Light & Power General Manager Steven Donkersloot. “Public power puts the people of Lowell first, and Public Power Week gives us the chance to emphasize the advantages of locally grown, locally owned power to our citizens.  This was especially evident over the course of the past year when severe storms and strong winds swept through Lowell on three separate occasions.  The majority of our customers never lost power, and for those who did, power was restored much quicker than those impacted in surrounding communities and other areas in the State.”

“Our service is reliable and safe and we take pride in serving our friends and neighbors,” said Distribution Manager Ryan Teachworth.  “Lowell Light and Power is proud to have served Lowell for 123 years.”

Lowell Light & Power invites its customers to participate in a variety of Public Power Week Events.  Activities include:

  • LED Nightlight Giveaway
  • Free popcorn, donuts, cider, and balloons in the office throughout the week
  • Trivia contest on LL&P’s Facebook page
  • Receive a free gift when you round up your monthly bill or when you donate $5 towards the A PLUS fund
  • The Annual Harvest Fest Celebration at the conclusion of Public Power Week on October 12th from 11am – 2pm at the Fairgrounds. Stop by for pumpkin painting, a game of cornhole/bags, and free giveaways.  Our lineman will be demonstrating some of their skills by climbing a utility pole approximately every half hour.  And that’s not all!  Kids will be able to climb a smaller pole and snap a selfie with a lineman.  You won’t want to miss it!

Today Lowell Light & Power has 17 employees and two primary facilities; an office building at 127 N. Broadway and an Energy Center at 625 Chatham. The Energy Center houses the distribution and generation departments and is also the location of LL&P’s two natural gas fired combustion turbines. LL&P serves approximately 2,500 residential customers and 420 commercial and industrial customers.

Public Power Week is an annual national event coordinated by the American Public Power Association in Washington, D.C. The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. The Association represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of the more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve, and the 93,000 people they employ. It advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training, and operations. Its members strengthen their communities by providing superior service, engaging citizens, and instilling pride in community-owned power. More information can be found at

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