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Mike Steffen of New Holstein Utilities Receives Community Service Award


Mike Steffen of New Holstein Utilities Receives Community Service Award

Award commemorates public power officials who have contributed to both the success of a local utility and to the community it serves.


New Holstein Utilities, the community’s locally owned, not-for-profit municipal utility, had several representatives attend the WPPI Energy Annual Meeting in Middleton, Wisconsin in September.  The representatives included Mayor Dianne Reese, Utilities Commission Secretary Mike Steffen and his wife Marilyn, and NHU General Manager Randy Jaeckels.

The representatives listened to a variety of speakers present information on innovation and its impact on the utility industry, trends affecting the electric use, smart energy technology for the future, electric utility regulation and lessons learned from last year's hurricane electric restoration efforts in Florida.  They were also able to network with their peers from dozens of other community-owned electric utilities from Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Mike Steffen, received the WPPI Energy Community Service Award for his outstanding contributions to the success of New Holstein Utilities and his participation in the New Holstein community. Steffen has been a public official in the community for 32 years and has served as secretary since 2001.

“Mike collaborates with the other commissioners to ensure proper policies and procedures are in place for New Holstein Utilities to succeed. He supports efforts to enhance the reliability of the electric distribution system and encourages fiscal responsibility to keep rates economical for all customers,” stated Randy Jaeckels, General Manager of New Holstein Utilities.

Steffen serves as a volunteer at the Salvatorian Mission Warehouse helping people in underdeveloped countries receive clothing, medical supplies, food and other essentials. Within his own community, he is a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, a member of the Knights of Columbus, is an active member of Holy Rosary Parish, and assists at the local food pantry.

The Community Service Award is one of six award categories presented at the event.

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New Holstein Utilities is a locally owned, not-for-profit utility providing services to over 2,600 business and residential customers in New Holstein. As a member-owner of WPPI Energy, New Holstein Utilities joins forces with 50 other public power utilities. Together they share resources to provide reliable, affordable electricity to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Iowa.